There is a global movement to combat climate change happening around the world. With temperatures rising, glaciers melting, and population increasing, it’s important to utilize clean technologies around the home. More importantly, it’s time to use some common sense when it comes to the environment. At Solarimon we not only work to make a positive impact on the environment, but we’re also working to help educate and empower people as well.
So, here are 3 ways you can be more eco-friendly in your home.
1. Use environmentally safe alternatives to wasteful cleaners
We all want a clean space to live in. However, many consumers are using disposable cleaning products that are wasteful and have a negative impact on the environment.
DIY Surface Wipes
For example, disinfecting wipes have become wildly popular because they’re already moistened with cleaning solution and easily disposable. However, they are much more expensive than a reusable towel or sponge and generally contain way more cleaning solution than necessary to clean a surface. Instead, try a DIY solution by using a little diluted white vinegar and a reusable towel. This is a money-saving, eco-friendly alternative to continually buying wipes.
Another cleaning fad that’s immensely popular is to use disposable pads to clean up floor dust around the house. Again, this involves continually having to purchase new pads repeatedly to no end.
Why not purchase a lightweight cordless vacuum that is easy to store? The technology around vacuums has advanced by leaps and bounds, and there are many affordable options on the market. You might get lucky and catch one on sale with a quick web search. Utilizing our solar panels in your household to charge and power the vacuum would be a complete eco-friendly solution.
Toilet Cleaning – The traditional way
Many consumers have switched to using disposable cleaning pads in order to clean in and around the toilet bowl. From an economic and environmental standpoint, this isn’t an effective way to keep the throne clean. Toilet brushes and a little diluted bleach are just as powerful as they’ve ever been and have a minimal environmental impact. The brush is reusable and a small amount of bleach goes a long way.
2. Use less paper
We all need paper at some point or another and some consumers have to use it more than others. However, there are steps we can take to use less paper in our lives. One of the best tips is to be sure and use all of the printer paper on the front and the back. Unless you’re turning in an important document, it isn’t a hassle to print something on the back of a page that has already been used.
Another way to curb paper use is to ditch the sticky or disposable notes. They’re quick and easy to use. But, here’s a tip that will save money as well as lower your carbon footprint. Marker or chalkboards are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. They also come in small, portable sizes easy to move around a household.
Reuse the marker or chalkboard for your quick notes and grocery lists, and then use your phone to take a picture when you need to take the notes with you on the road. This saves money and time from having to constantly add sticky notes to your shopping list.
Lastly, one of the best ways to lower your paper use is to move all of your statements online. Many companies still like to send their bills and notices the old fashioned way through the mail. Yet, many of these companies now have an online presence where you can log in or request in your account to go paperless. It’s a great help to the environment to follow a paperless policy and keep all records backed up on a personal or cloud hard drive.
3. Unplug (some) electronics when you’re not using them
One of the biggest energy drainers in your household is known as “phantom” or “vampire” energy. It comes from having certain devices, like a phone charger, plugged into the wall. Keeping these devices plugged in will bleed your energy usage and could add hundreds of dollars to your bill annually.
Kitchen appliances are a big culprit when it comes to bleeding energy. For example, does your coffee maker or microwave have a digital clock on it? Odds are you’re not using that clock or have another clock in the same vicinity. It makes sense to keep these items unplugged as they’re only running up your utility bill when you’re not using them.
Another device people don’t realize drains energy while not being used is your charging devices. Electric toothbrushes and razors, phones, etc… are all pulling energy even when you’re not actually charging the item they’re meant to charge. You can take an eco-friendly stance and unplug these devices and save some money in the long run.
Granted, there are certain devices that can be difficult to unplug even though it would be very beneficial to do so. TV centers are usually full of electronics that are constantly draining energy. One thing you can do to save energy and money is to invest in a smart power strip. These devices cut power completely to anything plugged into the strip. It’s an easy solution to simply flip the switch and start saving money and the environment at the same time.
Saving energy helps put more money in your bank account and can help your household become more eco-friendly. We all still need to use energy in our lives. Why not be smart about it and go with solar energy? Maximize the benefits on your wallet and the environment by installing solar panels at your home. Contact us today to learn more about installation and pricing and see how solar panels can make an impact on your household today!