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Free ways to make your home Eco-Friendly

by Noel Bond  
One of the main reasons people choose Solar Earth Lawn Care is to put less of a burden on the
environment. This is one of many steps you can take to help ensure a better quality of life for
yourself and future generations. And like many others, you may be asking yourself, “What else
can I do to protect and preserve the environment?” Sure, you can go out and cover your house
in solar panels or buy an electric car. And they will do less to drain from the earth but they can
also drain your bank account. But luckily for you friend, there are many things you can do to
make your home greener. They won't cost you a penny and you can start today.
Let’s start with water consumption. Only 3% of the water on the planet is fresh water.
According to the EPA, the average home in the US uses 400 gallons of water per day(146,000 gallons per
year!). There are simple and easy ways to lower water usage in your home.
- Shorter Showers - I would be a hypocrite if I said that I don’t enjoy a nice, long, hot
shower. But did you know that a 15- minute shower uses 30 gallons of water? By cutting
your shower 5 minutes short you can save 10 gallons of water.
- fewer Showers - Don’t get me wrong, good hygiene is important to living a healthy life.
And if you work up a good sweat during your day then I highly recommend a shower.
Showering every day can wash away your skin flora and leave your skin feeling dry and
itchy. These microbes help prevent many illnesses. Washing them away can leave you
susceptible to infections. Limiting the number of showers you take also means limiting
the amount of health and beauty products you consume. This means more money in
your pocket and less plastic in the landfills.
- Don’t let the water run - A lot of us are guilty of this. Whether it’s shaving or brushing
your teeth or washing dishes. This is probably the easiest method of conserving water.
Try to make a conscious effort to turn that faucet off whenever possible. Just ask
yourself “Does the water need to be running right now or can I get this done with the
faucet off?”
Next, let's talk about energy consumption. The average house uses 900kwh of electricity a
month. This averages out to output 1800 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere every month from
a single home. Here is how you can dampen the blow mother nature takes.
- Turn the lights off - This may seem like a no-brainer. But you would be surprised how
many times I’ve been to someone’s house and they have the lights on in unused rooms.
Try to make it a habit to flip that switch any time you leave a room.
- Thermostats - On a cold snowy day it feels great to come home to a toasty house but
setting your thermostat high does some damage to your bill as well as the environment.
Try setting your heat to 68 degrees. You can always wear more layers and use more
blankets. In the summer 75 degrees is the sweet spot. You can also open the windows
and patio doors to circulate fresh air and cool your house.
- Refrigerator - The fridge probably the appliance that consumes the most electricity in
your house. Filling your refrigerator uses less electricity to cool down your food than a
nearly empty one.
- Washer - This one is a double whammy. Washing only full loads saves electricity and
water. And if possible you should try to wash your clothes with cold water instead of hot
or warm. This saves energy by not having to heat the water.
lastly, let’s talk trash. The average person produces 4.3 pounds of trash a day. The US
generates 220 million tons of waste a year. The real shame is that a lot of this garbage can be
recycled or reused.
- Recycling - Not all of consumer goods are recyclable but you might be surprised what
can be. Got old cell phones? You can recycle those. Old batteries? Yup, recyclable.
And of course, many of the plastic and paper products we use can be recycled.
- Composting - Then there are the organic materials we throw away. These can be used to
make compost. Almost any fruit or vegetable waste can be added to the pile. It is not
recommended that you add animal fats or meat or limes to your compost because these
can hinder the composting process.
Here are some links to help you find where to take your recyclables.
-Where to take your plastics, glass, and paper
-Where to recycle your used batteries
-Where to recycle your old cell phones

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