Earth Day 2017 will be here before you know it, but are you ready to go green this April 22? This annual day of observance is celebrated all over the world and has been since 1970. And since the purpose of Earth Day is protecting the planet from environmental destruction, us here at Indiana Leak Detection thought this would be a perfect opportunity to give you some pro tips about going green.
The Key to Going Green Is Lowering Your Carbon Footprint
What is your carbon footprint? It’s a measure of how many fossil fuels you use or rely on in your daily life. Things like driving, wasting energy, and using lots of plastic contribute to a larger carbon footprint, and bigger carbon footprints contribute more to climate change.
Therefore, the key to going green is in reducing your carbon footprint by reducing your reliance on fossil fuels. There are three major ways you can do this, and they are: using less energy, cutting down on your plastic use, and saving water.
Other things you can do include:
- Skipping the car and going straight to the bike or bus
- Turning off lights, gadgets, and electronics when you leave the room
- Insulating your house better
- Air drying clothes and opening windows instead of using the dryer and air conditioner
- Turning down the heat and putting on a sweater
Pro Tip 1: Go Green with Tankless Tech
Conventional storage-tank water heaters are huge energy wasters, so your best bet for going green is upgrading to an ENERGY STAR rated tankless water heater. Why are these better? Because they use about 30 percent less energy, they're more efficient, they provide hot water on demand, they never run out of hot water, they last twice as long as conventional water heaters, and they’ll save you tons of money in the long run.
Pro Tip 2: Go Green with a Water Filtration System
We know what you're thinking: there's no way putting in a water filter is going to reduce my carbon footprint! And if you never buy bottled water, you'd be correct. But if you do buy bottled water, then you're supporting an industry that uses millions of barrels of oil each year to make the plastic bottles.
About 3 liters of water are used to make a single liter of bottled water, and that has contributed to a couple of million tons of trash in landfills across the country.
Install a water filter. Stop buying bottled. Reduce your carbon footprint.
Pro Tip 3: Go Green with Water Savings
Earth Day and conserving water go hand in hand, and there are plenty of ways you can reduce water use in your household. In fact, just by replacing older plumbing fixtures with modern low-flow models, your family can reduce water use by thousands of gallons each year.
Other tips and tricks you can use around the house to cut water use include:
- Buy waterless cleaner for washing your car
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing dishes
- Use appropriate water settings when doing laundry
- Use a rain barrel to collect water for the garden
- Install motion-activated faucets in the kitchen and bathroom
If you would like to schedule a leak detection appointment in the Indianapolis, IN area, call our experts at Indiana Leak Detection today at (317) 449-2780