With so much back and forth about what to do to go “green” one can get very confused on how to take that initial step to lowering their carbon footprint. The key is to start small with the little things around your home, no matter what it is you do, just do something! No matter how small it may seem.
#1: Change your bulbs: by trading your incandescent to bulbs for compact florescent (CFL) prevents the emission of over 400 pounds of greenhouse gasses a year! Unlike the older version of the CFL that may flicker and hum, the newest version of the CFLs do not flicker and the output has a much better color quality than those of old. If you’re stumped as to which bulb type choose, try going for those that are labeled “warm”, “soft white” or “residential color”.
#2: Go Outdoors: Make sure that your outdoor space lighting is energy efficient. When considering outdoor lighting you should choose options that require a CFLs or LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) that feature a photocell or what’s commonly referred to as "motion sensored". Click here to view our list of Outdoor Lighting options
#3: Install a water filter: It may be hard to do but ditching those beloved disposible water bottles for the BPA free reusable plastic bottles not only saves a lot of money, but our landfills will be less populated by the millions and millions of trashed recycled plastic water bottles
Fun Fact! Most reusable water bottles feature a filter so you can carry the bottle anywhere and not worry about unclean water
#4 Do not run your AC when no one is home: We know it my be rough for 10 minutes, but setting your AC on a timer so it doesn’t run when no one is at home is helps the enviroment and not to mention your pocket books
#5: Buy Energy Star rated bulbs and fixtures: This means that all the lighting will be certified by the U.S. Department of Energy as energy efficient. Most lighting companies will feature an “energy efficient” line of products. Click Here to view 1STOPLighting's collection of Energy star rated lighting!
We all can do our parts to ensure that we keep the place we call home clean for our grandchildren's children to come!