8 Small Changes That Can Make a Big Difference

Posted on July 15, 2015 in Energy Efficiency


At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we take pride in being an environmentally friendly company that offers homeowners green products and services. We know that every effort counts, which is why our staff members also work hard to reduce their carbon footprints in their personal lives. We’d like to encourage you to go green and make some small changes to your lifestyle. For example:

Light Bulbs

If you haven’t yet, replace your home’s incandescent bulbs with energy efficient ones like compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. You’ll not only save energy, you’ll save money.

If every American… Replaced one of the light bulbs in their home with an energy efficient one (like a CFL or LED), it would save more than $600 million in energy costs. That’s enough to light three million homes for a year.


On average, every person generates about 4.5 pounds of trash per day, and much of it is thrown away. Instead, compost your garbage and use it to feed your garden or drop it off at a food waste site.

If every American… Composted his/her organic garbage, we could reduce the amount of annual waste by more than 450 landfills and reduce methane emissions produced by those landfills by about 40%.


If you’re looking to replace your windows, there are options out there that are more environmentally friendly than others. For example, fiberglass windows use natural resources and are 100% recyclable.

If every American… Chose to install fiberglass windows (like the Ultrex line from Infinity by Marvin) instead of vinyl windows, we would waste 39% less energy on window production.

Water Fixtures

Many of us like to waste water, whether it’s during a long shower or when we leave the water running while we brush our teeth. By installing low-flow shower heads and toilets, you can reduce both your water and energy consumption.

If every American… Replaced their toilet with a low-flow unit that uses 1.6 gallons per flush, we could save around 640 billion gallons of water every year.


If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, we suggest investing in one. They allow you to turn down your heat or air conditioning when no one is home so you can save energy and money.

If every American… Lowered their home’s thermostat by one degree, we could save 230 million barrels of crude oil. That’s how much oil we import from Iraq every year.


These days, you can pay nearly every bill you need to online, whether it be a credit card bill, electric bill, mortgage, or other statement. By doing this and cancelling your paper bills, you’ll be saving lots of paper.

If every American… Stopped receiving paper bills and statements, we would save up to 800,000 tons of solid waste from being put in U.S. landfills annually.

Grocery Bags

Many grocery stores sell reusable shopping bags for about $1.50 each. By purchasing a few of them and using them each time you go grocery shopping, you could help reduce our consumption of plastic.

If every American… Used their own grocery bag instead of using the plastic ones at the store, we would save anywhere from 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags.


There are many ways to go green when it comes to driving, from reducing heavy acceleration to changing your air filter on a regular basis to keeping your tires properly inflated. All of these things help save gas and therefore, help reduce carbon emissions.

If every American… Kept their tires inflated to the proper psi, we could save around 2.8 billion gallons of gas a year and reduce carbon dioxide by about 55 billion pounds.

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