How to "Go Green" for the New Year

Introduction

This “How to Go Green for the New Year” blog was designed to increase homeowners knowledge on going green practices when it comes to their lifestyles and homes. 

What does "Going Green" mean?

Going Green means practicing an environmentally and ecologically friendly conscious lifestyle. This means making decisions based on the impact it will have on pollution, future human health and other environmental concerns.

Why "Go Green?"

Going green is more than just recycling. As our population continues to increase exponentially so will trash, water pollution, air pollution, and natural resource usage. As citizens with an eye for the future we can counteract our impact on society through “Going Green” practices.

3 Ways for Greener Resource Usage

  1. Turning your thermostat down two degrees in the winter and up two degrees in the summer can result in not only energy savings but also helps lower your energy bill.
  2. Replace current water faucets and shower heads with more efficient low-flow models.
  3. Reduce power usage during peak hours of the day.
  • Power companies charge you more for electricity during the hours of high power demand. 
  •  Indianapolis Power & Light peak hours 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. (April through September) or between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. (October through March)

4 Ways to choose Greener Products

  1. Energy Star – Products with an energy star seal have been tested to provide significant energy savings.
  2. Water Sense – Products with the EPA water sense label have been tested to save water, energy and money.
  3. Design for the Environment – Products with the EPA design for the environment label have been tested to perform well and are safer for humans and the environment.
  4. SmartWay Certified Vehicle – Vehicles with the EPA SmartWay certification are the best vehicles to save money, fuel, and the environment. 

Greener Construction & Remodeling Practices

  • Use Insulation and Windows with a right insulation capacity also known as the R-Value.
  • Insulate pipes and Heating & ventilation system
  • Use natural light – Skylights and windows reduce the need for artificial light. (Results in saving energy and money)
  • Use safer paints and epoxy’s  Paints with Low or 0 Volatile Organic Compounds (V.O.C.)

The Verdict

  • We hope that you area able to implement and share some of the “Going Green” practices that you learned about today.
  • We all have to do our share to make sure that future generations are able to enjoy mother earth as we do today. 

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