We’re nearly two weeks into the new year and we’ve heard all kinds New Year’s resolutions, from “lose weight” to “stop shopping” to “don’t work so hard.” This got us thinking – a great resolution that we should all make is a reduction to our carbon footprint. A smaller carbon footprint means fewer emissions, money savings, and a better way of living. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we’ve already taken steps to be greener: We have solar panels at our New Castle, Delaware office and we recycle all of our aluminum and regularly take reusable materials to Habitat for Humanity.
Our staff members have come up with some great ways for you to be greener:
Carpool to Work
If you know a coworker who lives near you, suggest that you take turns carpooling to work. You’ll not only reduce the amount of gas you use, you’ll also save some money and have someone to talk to to wake you up in the morning!
Choose ENERGY STAR
If you’re in the market for a washer, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, or other appliance, do some research before you buy and choose an appliance that’s ENERGY STAR approved. It’ll use less energy, which is good for both the environment and your wallet.
Use Proper Home Insulation
If your home isn’t insulated well or insulated correctly, you’re losing more heat or air conditioning than you think. Talk to our Maryland insulation experts – we can tell you if you need new insulation installed.
Reuse and Recycle
Make it a point to reuse some of the things in your home, such as jars or containers- simply wash them out and reuse them for storage. (Just remember to make sure that they’re safe for re-use and not considered one-time use.) Or keep your used coffee grinds to make a garden compost. Also be sure to recycle, from plastic to paper to rubber and more.
Much of the food in your grocery store has traveled around 1,500 miles to get there. This means that a lot of fuel was used to transport it. In fact, around 13% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the production and transportation of food, so do the environment and your local farmers a favor, and buy your food locally.
Use Less Water
There are many different ways you can use less water in your home. Invest in low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets, which can use up to 50% less water. Don’t run your dishwasher or washing machine until you have a full load. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and take shorter showers. Get creative with this one!
If you still get paper bills in the mail for your credit cards, electric bill, bank statements, etc., choose to go paperless. You’ll get the same bill, just emailed to your inbox – plus, you’ll save trees and reduce waste.
Switch Your Lightbulbs
If your home is filled with traditional incandescent light bulbs, make the switch to CFL bulbs or LED bulbs. You’ll not only save energy (CFL and LED bulbs use 75%-85% fewer watts than incandescent), you’ll also save on your electric bill. Plus, you won’t have to replace them as often – CFL bulbs last up to 7x longer than incandescent, while LEDs last up to 42x longer.