8 Green New Years Resolutions
Every year we are given an opportunity to turn over a new leaf when January rolls around. We set goals, make promises to ourselves and are determined to conquer bad habits. While the old standby resolutions like weight and exercise are good ones to set — why not check out some easy clean energy ideas as well?
Below are eight suggestions that most people could easily adopt. And you know what the great thing about them is? You’ll not only feel good about your choices and possibly save yourself some cash – you’ll ultimately be helping the planet too.
1. Recycling is possibly the easiest thing you can do in helping the planet but actually reducing the amounts of things we consume should be priority.
2. Purchase a reusable water bottle and forget about buying bottled water. You’ll save money and have less to recycle. Finding constructive uses for “waste” materials is as important as recycling.
3. Put a stop to receiving unwanted catalogs. Apart from the obvious wasted paper that went into making the catalog, there’s the fuel and manpower behind getting it to your home.
4. Check for annoying leaks in your toilets and faucets. According to the EPA, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide.
5. Reduce your water usage. Run your dishwasher fully loaded and using the energy saver setting. On average, a dishwasher will use 6 gallons of water per cycle. An Energy Star rated dishwasher uses 4 gallons of water per cycle. You can also take shorter showers to reduce water use. Doing so will lower your water and heating bills too. Additionally, you can purchase a low-flow showerhead. The water and energy savings can add up.
6. Set your thermostat to 78 in summer and 68 in the winter. You’ll be amazed at how much money you can save on your electric bill by adjusting the thermostat a few degrees. Taking the time to accurately program your thermostat can save you the time and money of dealing
7. Check your tire pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires.
8. Make the switch to solar. While exact savings will vary, it’s not unrealistic to expect to save $20,000 – $40,000 in energy costs over the life of a solar system. With savings like that, it’s easy to see how solar energy not only helps the environment but also your wallet.
We rarely hear about the importance of going green on our health. Most of the concerns focus on global warming and environmental sustainability. But going green isn’t something that just benefits the planet. There are very real benefits that you can enjoy as far as your health is concerned.
Get a no-obligation quote and start saving money and “go green” today. Why choose Baker Electric Solar? You’ll experience better customer service than any contractor you’ve ever worked with. Plus, we have the financial strength to make your project run on time and on budget. And, we’ll be in business to service your system long-term.