Taking care of the environment and our limited resources is everyone’s responsibility. From momentous movements by major corporations to commit millions of dollars, to small children learning to shut the water off when they brush their teeth, when we all work on going green together, we can make an impact. We put together this guide to help Connecticut homeowners find ways to be earth-friendly beyond separating the trash.
Going Green: Start Simple
Whether you’re a lifelong tree-hugger or just starting to find ways to leave a smaller carbon footprint, making changes in your everyday routine is an easy way to accumulate big rewards for the planet. Here are a few ideas to get you started around the home and office:
- Shut off the Computer. Rather than letting your computer go into sleep mode overnight, shut it down completely. In addition to saving energy, you’ll also offer your machine a longer life by putting less stress on the components.
- Stop Rinsing Dishes. Your dishwasher uses around 3 gallons of water to clean an entire load of dishes, and most new water-efficient dishwashers can cope with a bit of food. Scrape into the trash or compost, and head directly for the dishwasher.
- Clean Your Car. If your trunk or cargo area is loaded down with sporting goods, bags, and other items you’re not using, you’re burning up too much fuel and adding unnecessary pollution to the air. Clean out the insides, but save the washing for the pros: your garden hose uses between 5 and 20+ gallons of water per minute; automatic carwashes make the most of every drop.
- Recycle Better. Separating recyclables from the trash is a good start, but you can take recycling one step further by finding a better place for those useable goods. For example, the local pet shelter can use old newspapers, blankets, and pillows for bedding, and schools will usually take old art supplies, magazines, and office supplies off your hands. Donate home goods to non-profits like Big Brother Big Sister or clothing to a veteran’s organization like Purple Heart. If you’re in the market for new items, see if you can find a gently used item on Freecycle instead of buying new.
- Make Your Fixtures Go Green. Replace light bulbs with LED light bulbs that not only use a fraction of the energy of incandescents and even CFLs, but also last for decades so less trash heads to the landfill. Install low-flow faucets, shower heads, and toilets. When it’s time to upgrade or replace appliances, always check the ENERGY STAR rating.
Getting Help Going Green
Making small changes around the home and office are great ways to keep your mind in the “going green” mentality. When you’re ready to take bigger steps to get your home environmentally friendly, the process can seem overwhelming with so many areas to explore. That’s where Energy Monster and the Energize CT Program come in!
We’ll help you take advantage of the latest energy-saving services that you qualify for while offering ways to make an immediate impact on your goal of going green. Energize Connecticut partners with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to make sure you get the most impact for your home and the environment.
The process begins with a Home Energy Assessment. Your energy advisor will not only make recommendations for going green, but they will also take immediate energy-saving measures. Here’s what’s included during an assessment:
- Blower Door Test. A machine that fits on your door will measure the airtightness of your home and pinpoint air leaks throughout.
- Professional Air Sealing. Using the information from the blower door test, gaps and leaks will immediately be sealed.
- Duct Testing and Sealing. We’ll search for critical areas of energy loss within the ductwork and then seal them up to make the entire system more efficient.
- Water Saving Measures. From installing low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to insulating hot water pipes, we’ll help you get the most of the water you’re using.
- Efficient LED Light Bulbs. If you have not replaced your incandescent bulbs yet, that will be taken care of as well.
At the end of the assessment, your home will receive a Home Energy Score that includes your current energy usage, as well as a customized report of which areas will benefit from improvement. We’ll also search for rebates and other programs you may qualify for to boost your home’s insulation or upgrade your windows, heating and cooling system, and thermostats.
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