Orlando, Fla.—April is known as #EarthMonth and we can always learn more ways to be kind to mother nature. It can be easier than we think. Every year, communities, and other groups get involved and organize to educate the public on ways to better protect our planet. Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd.
Homeowners can take a few easy steps daily and make them a regular routine that not only helps our pockets, saving money on energy, but are also a friendly way to make our footprint less damaging to the environment. The following are some ideas for sustainable living:
1. Install a smart thermostat
With a smart thermostat you can control your central a/c or heating using an app on your phone. When you have your home’s temperature under control and avoid unnecessary activation it will help you save you money on your energy bills as well as being better for the environment.
2. Insulate your hot water tank
An insulated water tank can help you save on energy bills and will also reduce your carbon footprint.
3. Draught-proof windows and doors
Draught proofing your doors and windows can help reduce your energy bill because it helps you keep your home at a desirable temperature, and it reduces the amount of energy required to cool or heat your home.
4. Replace your washing machine less frequently
When you replace your washing machine every five years a high amount carbon dioxide is produced. Descaling your washing machine regularly can help it last longer, especially if you live in a hard water area. Use a large cup of white vinegar or lemon juice in place of your usual detergent and run the machine empty on a normal cycle.
5. Turn off gadgets and appliances when not in use
It is unnecessary to keep them on all of the time, plus, for us in Florida, in the event of lightning that causes damage through the power source, you can also prevent unwanted damage to your devices.
6. Clogged drains
While powerful liquid drain un-blockers are handy in an emergency, many are harmful to aquatic life. A little regular maintenance can help you be able to avoid its frequent use. You can easily clear a stubborn drain by pouring 125g of bicarbonate of soda down it followed by 125ml vinegar. Cover with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, and then flush with hot water. To keep sinks and basins draining freely, pour a mug of soda crystals down the plughole regularly, then flush with boiling water.
7. Mulch your garden and flower beds
To help your borders retain as much moisture as possible throughout the growing season, apply a mulch such as bark chippings or gravel in the spring, when the ground still has plenty of water in it. You’ll need to use less water to keep your garden looking its best in the summer months.
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