April 22 is Earth Day: Go Green
Green has been a buzzword for a while now, and there's good reason for this: green means environmentally friendly, and environmentally friendly means saving the planet for future generations. That’s what Earth Day is all about, and it will be taking place again this year on April 22. Created in 1970 to raise awareness about and put an end to environmental destruction and degradation, Earth Day is an international day of observance that you can celebrate this year by going green for simpler and cheaper than ever before.
Go Green by Avoiding Bottled Water
Bottled water is hugely convenient and refreshingly cold, which is why so many people opt for buying it rather than lukewarm tap water. But from an environmental standpoint, bottled water is a terrible choice. For one, it takes millions of barrels of oil to make the plastic bottles.
The majority of those bottles end up in a landfill, which is why there are over 2 million tons of plastic bottles in American landfills today. On top of being wasteful of resources, bottled water is also expensive.
If you stopped buying bottles, in just two years, you'd save enough money to install a home filtration system that would last you a lifetime. With whole-home filtration, you get clean water on demand, you save money, and you do your part for the environment.
Go Green by Going Tankless
At first, the link between your hot water tank and your carbon footprint may not be apparent, but the connection is there. With storage-tank water heaters, about 20 percent of the energy they consume gets wasted because of standby loss, which means you have to use more energy to heat your water.
The green alternative is a tankless water heater, which provides hot water on-demand, uses 30 percent less energy, saves you tons of money, and lasts about twice as long as a traditional water heater.
Go Green by Aiming for Carbon-Neutral
Going carbon-neutral is tough, but there are lots of green habits you can adopt in your life and around the house that will help you reduce your carbon footprint, and this is good for you, your family, your wallet, and the planet. Carbon-reducing habits you can practice are:
- Upgrade to ENERGY STAR energy-efficient appliances
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescents
- Leave the car at home and walk, bike, or take the bus
- Turn off lights and appliances when you're not using them
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Go Green by Reducing Water Waste
Water shortage is a huge environmental problem around the globe, so this Earth Day, you can go green by doing your part to conserve water. One of the most convenient ways to do this is to install low-flow toilets, water-saving shower heads, and water-efficient taps in the bathroom and kitchen.
These simple devices can reduce your household water use by thousands of gallons every year. On top of that, you can also save water by installing a rain barrel for the garden, switching to waterless car wash cleaner, taking shorter showers, and installing motion-sensor faucets that automatically turn off when you're not using the water.
If you want more information about going green, give our E.R. Services team in Charlotte, NC a call at 704-846-5371.
Quick question & answer: How can I go green with my plumbing for Earth day?
You can go green with your plumbing for Earth day by avoiding bottled water and opting for clean water from your home with whole-home filtration instead. Install a tankless water heater, which provides hot water on demand and uses 30 percent less energy. You can also reduce your carbon footprint by upgrading to ENERGY STAR energy-efficient appliances.