8 Simple Ways to Go Green
As residents of Washington State, we understand the beauty in a simple life full of eco-friendly choices. We try to infuse our business practices with an eco-friendly mindset. That means we specialize in products that save energy, and in turn, save our customers money.
In celebration of National Simplicity Day on July 12, we want to encourage our customers to join us as we make the planet healthier. Trying to face environmental issues all at once would be overwhelming, but there are lots of small things we can all do that make a big impact. Here are eight simple ways to go green from our team at Blue Flame.
1. Use your ceiling fans and adjust your thermostat.
When it comes to your HVAC system, the easiest way to save energy is to keep it on a warmer temp during summer and a cooler temp during winter. This keeps your HVAC system from having to work as hard to cool or heat your home. In order to use this energy-saving method without sacrificing comfort, make good use of your ceiling fans.
Rotate your fans counter-clockwise for a cool breeze during summer, or clockwise for extra warmth during winter. If you rely more heavily on your fans for comfort than your thermostat, you will save energy and emit less greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
2. Switch to LED light bulbs.
As your incandescent light bulbs burn out, slowly replace them with LEDs to save energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED light bulbs use 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer than incandescent light bulbs.
3. Unplug your electronics.
Did you know that when you leave your electronics plugged in, they use latent energy even if they are completely powered off? Unplug your computers, gaming systems, and lamps before you leave your house each day to save energy.
4. Get some reusable grocery bags.
Want to cut back on your plastic waste without having to sacrifice products you use daily? It’s easy to stop using and discarding plastic grocery bags. Keep cloth tote bags in your car and you will always have them when you go to the grocery store.
5. Switch to paperless billing.
It can be tough to cut back on paper consumption. But when it comes to billing, it’s much easier to access important documents in your accounts online than to search your house for a piece of paper. Switch to paperless billing for all of your cards and subscriptions.
6. Don’t toss out your old electronics.
Electronics contain chemicals like mercury that should never find their way into a landfill. Always donate or recycle your electronics instead of just throwing them out with the trash.
7. Change up your laundry routine.
Washing your clothes in hot water uses way more energy than cold water. Switch to cold water, and then hang up most of your clothes to dry on hangers or a clothesline. Compile any items that must go into the dryer and dry all of them at once to save as much energy as possible.
8. Think before you buy.
Try purchasing clothes, toys, or furniture items secondhand to lessen the demand for excessive manufacturing (and to save some money). When the time comes to replace an important appliance, look at the Energy Guide label and choose an energy efficient model. Consider green HVAC products that have earned Energy Star certification.
Are you still searching for simple ways to go green?
Our team at Blue Flame can help you work towards an eco-friendly household! Give us a call any time for energy efficient product recommendations, or energy saving tips.
We hope these simple ways to go green inspire you to help save our planet.
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.