The environment is very important to us at Klinke Cleaners, which is why we only use products that are safe for people and the planet. In an effort to help keep mother earth healthy, here are five ways you can be environmentally friendly without having to step foot out of your front door. Be sure to check out the bonus tips, too!
1. Change to Compact Fluorescent Lights
If every household in the United State replaced one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road. These days, the cost of these bulbs is considerably lower than they were just a few years ago. Plus, they’ll lower your electricity bill as well.
2. Change Your Lighting Habits
In addition to types of bulbs, usage also plays a factor in being eco-friendly. If you’re using an incandescent bulb, always shut it off when you leave a room. If you’re using fluorescent bulbs, turn them off when you plan to leave a room for at least 15 minutes. The reason for this is that a fluorescent bulb’s lifespan can be affected by the number of times it is switched on and off. And, of course, incandescent bulbs consume a lot more energy, so turning them off immediately just makes sense!
3. Shut Down Computers at Night
Your computer’s sleep mode is great, but when it comes to being environmentally friendly a hard shut down is the best choice —saving you up to 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. Times that by the number of computers in your household.
4. Wash Your Clothes in Cold or Warm
You knew our discussion would turn to cleaning clothes, right? If all households in America switched from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day. And if you stop washing garments after each wearing, as detailed in our article How to Avoid Common Home Laundry Mistakes, the savings and the benefit to the environment are even greater.
5. Turn Off Water while Brushing Your Teeth
Did you know that you can conserve up to 5-gallons of water per day, just by shutting off the faucet while you’re brushing? This could lead to daily water savings in the U.S. of up to 1.5 billion gallons — that’s per day!
With technology being so advanced, this option is easier than ever. Why not arrange to work from home at least one day per week (we suggest in a pair of cozy PJs). This will save on fuel, wear and tear on your car — and on commute time! If your employer is concerned about productivity, offer to create a project list that details what you work on during telecommuting days.
Check Your Temperature
Adjusting your thermostat one degree higher (in summer) & one degree cooler (in winter) can significantly lower your electricity and gas usage. Sleeping under an extra cover in winter, and turning on your ceiling fan in summer empowers you to comfortably adjust the temperature even more. On average, every “saved” Celsius degree cuts down on energy use by about 10%! Programmable thermostats take the savings even further by regulating the temperature when you’re not home.
Even small changes can go a long way in keeping our planet, and our bank accounts, healthier. Thank you for visiting Klinke Cleaners!