Incorporating Simple Green Habits in the Home
Going green in the home is a simpler task than people may think. It doesn’t mean homeowners have to change all of the appliances in the home or change what they drive. It’s a task as small as turning the water off while brushing teeth or not running the water while doing the dishes.
Washing clothes in cold water is another way to go green. It’s been said that 90% of the energy used by a washing machine goes towards heating the water. Using cold water reduces the emissions of carbon dioxide and keeps clothes in better shape for longer. After the washer is done, homeowners can also skip the dryer and hang the clothes if possible.
Another way to go green is to buy a water filter that fits onto the faucet or as a pitcher filled with tap water. This reduces the number of plastic bottles in the home that could end up in landfills.
Cut the Water
Conserving water is a great way to reduce carbon pollution and save energy. One way to do this is to turn off the water when shaving or brushing teeth. This can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, adding up to over 200 gallons of water per month.
Additionally, not letting the water run while doing the dishes is another way to save water and go green. If not using a dishwasher, most people tend to let the water run while they are washing dishes. To save water, homeowners can fill up one side of the sink, wash the dishes on that side, and quickly rinse on the other side. If it’s just one large sink, they can fill it up, wash the dishes, then drain and rinse.
Don’t Flush the Wrong Stuff
Homeowners generally don’t think twice about what they flush down their toilet. It may seem like a good idea to dispose of medication or dental floss down the drain, but it’s not. When homeowners flush inorganic materials down the toilet, not only does it go to their septic, but it makes its way to the lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Dental floss is something that seems harmless because it’s the size of human hair, but it’s not biodegradable. It can become tangled and wrapped around pipes, which can then lead to clogs.
Additionally, flushing disposable wipes and paper towels down the toilet is a terrible idea. The fibers that the disposable wipes are made from are thicker than toilet paper and don’t break down as toilet paper does. The same goes for sanitary products. They are absorbent and will expand past the point where they can pass safely through pipes. Not to mention, they aren’t biodegradable either.
Lastly, medications. Homeowners should never flush these down the toilet. They can contaminate the water supply because the sewer system isn’t designed to remove all toxins. The flushed medicine could eventually make its way into the water that comes from the kitchen faucet.
Upgrade Appliances & Fixtures for a Greener Home
Upgrading to appliances and fixtures that are eco-friendly has many benefits. One of those benefits is the conservation of energy. Smart, eco-friendly appliances use less energy than appliances that aren’t eco-friendly. The new technology on these appliances will slow the electric meter greatly.
Additionally, water conservation is another benefit of eco-friendly appliances and fixtures. An Energy Star-rated washing machine can save 3,000 gallons of water per year while getting clothes cleaner than the old washing machine. New showerheads can also save water by slowing the flow of water.
Lastly, eco-friendly appliances reduce the overall carbon footprint left on the environment. By switching to eco-friendly appliances that are water and energy-efficient, homeowners can reduce 3,600 pounds of carbon footprint in five years.
About Affordable Plumbing Heating & Air
Affordable Plumbing Heating & Air is a company from Fairhope, AL, in business since 1996. They offer a 24-hour response, prompt service, and no overtime charges. If they’re late, they’ll pay the homeowner. Contact them today to learn more about eco-friendly plumbing options.