Here are 10 helpful tips for the Earth (and your budget!):
1. Use less hot water.
It might not sound fun, but there is research that supports that taking cold water showers can help with muscle recovery, is better for your skin, and really wakes you up and gets you moving.
2. Install low-flow faucets and shower heads.
Chances are your fixtures are looking a little dated anyways, so be sure to purchase a new one that saves water while you use it.
3. Upgrade your hot water heater.
If your hot water heater is pushing 10 years, it's definitely time to start planning on a new one. Resist the urge to wait and instead research the best option for your household. Avoid an emergency– and a mess!
4. Only purchase Energy Star appliances.
It's pretty easy to make this choice when you are looking into a new washing machine, dishwasher or refrigerator, but make sure to compare the specs on models you may be debating on. They could be another way to keep money in your wallet in the long run.
5. Turn down your thermostat.
You know this one already, but do you do it? If you resist, then a smart thermostat, like a Nest Learning Thermostat is a great option for you.
6. Wash your clothes in cold water.
They will get just as clean– REALLY! Just make sure you select the correct type on your machine depending on your wash load. When you do choose to go cold, use detergent that's meant for cold water wash.
7. Fix leaks.
Any leak, no matter how small, is a waste. A waste of water, energy and money. Fix it or call us!
8. Set your water heater thermostat to 120°F.
Your house and water will stay plenty hot at this temperature. Any hotter and your hot water tank is working extra hard to heat the water past the point that's necessary.
9. Insulate your water heater tank.
Check on your specific manufacturer recommendations on this one. Your hot water tank can stay nice and cozy in a nice insulated coat made just for it!
10. Insulate your pipes.
The same goes for your hot water pipes. Foam insulation forms are available for purchase at any home improvement store, and they're cheap! Buy a bunch and get to work popping them onto your pipes.
HAPPY EARTH DAY 2017!