In a time of Teslas and solar panels, going green can come off as expensive. But there are many ways we can live sustainably at home without investing thousands of dollars upfront.
Save Water in the Kitchen and Bathroom
The kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms you probably use the most water in. But there are ways to cut back on how much water you’re using every day!
Use the Dishwasher
Washing the dishes by hand means either filling up the sink with water or letting water flow down the drain and wasting large amounts of water with every dish. Using your dishwasher to wash a set amount of dishes with a set amount of water means that you always know how much water is being used. Upgrade your dishwasher to an EnergyStar model to save even more water and energy while washing your dishes.
Tip: Make sure to only run the dishwasher when it’s full to prevent wasteful cycles.
Steaming vegetables uses less water than other methods of cooking, plus it helps vegetables retain their vital nutrients better. Why wouldn’t you steam veggies from now on?
Save Energy in the Laundry Room
Doing laundry uses a lot of energy at home, but there are simple ways to cut back on this energy without affecting your clean clothes.
Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Did you know that as much as 90% of the energy used in a washing machine goes towards heating the water? You’ll reduce your energy bill AND cut back on carbon dioxide emissions. Win-win!
Dry Clothes Outside
Life in California is almost always sunny--which makes line drying our laundry a viable option most of the year! Clotheslines are much less expensive to purchase and use than a dryer, and drying your clothes on a line can reduce the average home’s carbon footprint by up to 2,400 pounds per year!
Saving the planet is about more than saving money. It’s about leaving the world better for our children, grandchildren, and future generations. Saving water can be a conscious choice, or it can be as simple as fixing hidden leaks at home. Contact the plumbers at EJ Plumbing to learn how we can help you conserve water and save money today!