Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Best Places To Spend Money When Going Green

Eco-Friendly Appliances

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Most families rely on several household appliances every day. Upgrading to Energy Star certified models will ease the strain you’re putting on the environment. Upgrading to an Energy Star qualified washer from a model built before 1999 will save you over $135 on annual utility bills as well as 10 to 25 gallons of water per load. Replacing an old HVAC system with an Energy Star model can cut your energy bill by $115 a year. Adding a programmable thermostat will net you another $180 in savings.
You can also opt for a more innovative appliance replacement, such as a geothermal heat pump. This technology harnesses both heating and cooling from the earth. It circulates water through an underground loop where the temperature is relatively constant year-round. The fluid cools in the summer and warms in the winter, using a green, natural method for managing temperatures in your home.

Green Cleaning Products

Your home probably has at least one handy cabinet of cleaning supplies, but if you haven’t been careful about checking labels, those bottles and cans may contain a slew of toxic chemicals. You can rid your home of these hazards by diligently ditching conventional cleaners and turning to green cleaning products instead. You’ll find many eco-friendly options in the store that can safely replace more hazardous products. Look for the Green Seal or Green Good Housekeeping Seal to ensure the products have been thoroughly inspected.

Sustainable Fabrics

Your textile choices have a significant impact on the environment. Cotton uses more pesticide than any other crop in the world. Nylon production creates a gas known as nitrous oxide that’s 310 times more hazardous than carbon dioxide. Switching to more sustainable fabrics for your personal and household needs will green up your home in a big way.
The next time you’re purchasing sheets, curtains, blankets, or towels, look for organic cotton, which is produced without the same hazardous chemicals. Hemp, linen, and bamboo come from plants that are easy to grow without massive applications of fertilizers and pesticides. Invest in these high-quality materials that have a low impact on the earth.

Carbon Offsets

Even the most efficient refrigerator, HVAC system, and laundry appliances consume energy. You can help reduce your carbon footprint from these and other energy-consuming devices by purchasing carbon offsets. Carbon offsets support renewable energy and conservation projects that are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Calculate your carbon footprint and strive to purchase enough offsets to remain neutral, lightening the load that you place on the earth.
Fortunately, going green doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. You can have a positive impact on the earth simply by putting your money in the right place.

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