You can make your home more environmentally friendly by implementing some simple changes to your lifestyle. For example, using more energy-efficient lights, allowing grass to grow in your yard and choosing ENERGY STAR® products are all small changes that have a big impact. Handyman Connection® of Jeffersonville discusses five tips that you can try today:
- Reduce the Waste Generated by Shopping – All the disposable, bags, containers and cups provided by stores and restaurants add up. These items all end up getting dumped in a landfill. Instead of using them, consider bringing your own reusable plastic or metal containers when taking food home. Consider using reusable cups for beverages, as well. You can also try using reusable shopping bags when you go to the store. You’ll save plenty of resources by making these small changes.
- Allow Grass to Grow – Allowing your grass to grow at least two and a half inches tall will create thicker turf and deeper roots for the grass. This is because the additional surface area allows the grass to absorb more sunlight. Your yard will look better and you won’t have to water it as often. Consider letting grass clippings remain on the lawn as well. The clippings add nitrogen to the soil and discourage weed seeds from growing.
- Use ENERGY STAR Products – The ENERGY STAR label indicates that a product is energy-efficient and meets strict quality guidelines. These products uses less energy and deliver better performance than alternative products. A home with ENERGY STAR-rated products is more energy-efficient and can save money on energy bills.
- Purchase Food From Local Farmers – Produce from supermarkets often travel more than a thousand miles before ending up in your home. The transportation of these goods results in carbon emissions. You can support your community and save energy by buying produce from local farmers in farmers’ markets and the like.
- Use Full Loads When Washing Dishes or Clothes – Washing your dishes and laundry before waiting for a full load can waste water, time and energy. Most of the energy consumed by the dishwasher and washing machine also goes to heating the water. We recommend using cold or warm water instead of hot water and using full loads to save power.
These are just some of the ways you can make your lifestyle more environmentally friendly. We can help you with implementing a few of them. Handyman Connection of Jeffersonville is the leading home maintenance company in our area and we can help you with home remodeling, carpentry, electrical light installation and many other home maintenance projects. Contact us to learn more ways to make your home more eco-friendly. You can also ask for a free estimate.