Many Henderson locals are searching for ways to make green living a reality for their home. Between energy and water waste, toxic chemicals, allergens and the want for future sustainability of resources, green living is becoming a necessary lifestyle for homeowners. At Cal Air, we know the importance of energy efficiency and sustainability. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful resource of steps you can take to live a greener life.
Green living in just 4 simple steps
Green living doesn’t always have to require major lifestyle changes. Rather, living green can be a mindset to avoid products that have been heavily modified and are detrimental to your health. Organic doesn’t just stop with food. Nearly all cleaning products contain contaminants that can harm occupants. Switching to more natural cleaning solutions can prevent the release of these harmful contaminants into your home.
Modernize your home
Not only has technology advanced to create more efficient solutions to our everyday routines, but electronics companies have taken on a greener approach in recent years. If you have an older HVAC system (10 years), you’re likely using more energy to heat or cool your home than households with new energy efficient HVAC systems. The same goes for other major appliances.
Products are now being produced specifically to monitor your home’s energy consumption and provide tips on how to create a greener, healthier home. Smart thermostats work well in identifying patterns to save energy and improve the indoor air quality of your home. Other products work to remotely shut off electronics not in use. Utilize these advancements to create a green living environment in your home.
Don’t waste water
In America it can be easy to take for granted our access to a seemingly endless source of clean water. The reality is, our tap water that we use to clean, cook and bathe ourselves, is limited. Keep this and mind and honor future generations and current communities that don’t have access to clean water every time you turn a faucet on.
What you can do:
- Take shorter showers – Start with a quick rinse. Then shut off the water entirely. Lather with soap and shampoo. Then rinse yourself off quickly for a minimal water consumption shower.
- Take the same start and stop water use tactic with handwashing, brushing your teeth, shaving, rinsing dishes and every other application of your faucet water.
We’re to the point with the severity of climate change that we need to take actions to not only slow down our consumption of resources, but rather, we need to start thinking of ways to completely eliminate or reverse our carbon footprint.
One major misconception that has lead to our current state is that as a single family or person, you can’t make a difference. One individual can consume massive amounts of resources in a year’s time. Switching to even one of these routines can make a global impact, and these renewable habits are infectious and can easily create a completely green lifestyle:
- Plant an organic garden – Organic farming actually pulls in carbon from the air and holds it in the ground. This is the quickest way to reverse climate change.
- Utilize reusable bags when shopping – do away with wasteful plastic bags with a greener and more fashionable tote bag.
- Start a compost pile – Not only does this reduce waste, but it can also be utilized as great fertilizer!
- Go wind or solar – Even if you don’t have the resources to generate your own solar or wind energy, certain energy companies provide 100% wind or solar options. The more you support these efforts, the more energy companies will pursue these greener alternatives to traditional energy.