As the leaves turn orange, red, and yellow this fall, still keep the green spirit alive! We’ve rounded up some low-cost eco-tips to create a well-oiled green machine at home or in the office. Plus, a few other sustainability tips for crisp days.
5 STEPS TO START FALL ON A GREEN FOOT
#1 Set Your Water Heater at 120
Water heaters are typically set to 140 degrees by default. Lowering your water heater to 120 degrees is just as effective. And it’s a whole lot cheaper – for every 10 degrees you lower your water heater, you’ll save three to six percent on your energy bill.
#2 Give Your Furnace Some Love
Most people don’t give much thought to furnaces, tucked away in their basement/attic. But over time, dust can collect in the nooks and crannies and affect performance. To maximize the efficiency of your furnace, make sure you clean it out or replace the filter before it’s working overtime in cool months. While you’re at it, check that vents aren’t blocked or closed too.
#3 Be Smart About Heating
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees and layer up as necessary. Even better, a smart thermostat can adjust the heat setting based on occupancy and the time of day to save energy and money.
#4 Do a Car Check-Up
Take your vehicle in or do an at-home check-up. Check tire pressure, rotate tires, top off fluids, change the oil… pull out all the stops! Cooler temps can affect how smoothly and efficiently your car runs.
#5 Shop Responsibly
Farmer’s Markets are usually in full swing up to late October. Find local produce and ethically-made products for fall, like candles. On crisp days, nothing beats a candle’s warm glow. But try to stay away from pesky paraffin wax (made from petroleum), and opt for beeswax candles at the market instead – a much safer and eco choice.
GO GREEN ON THE JOB
Many of these strategies can be incorporated into your work life, as well. Advocating for a slightly cooler office (and adjusting it when you leave for the day). Checking your building’s water heater temp. Planning seasonal company outings like a pick-your-own farm. And simply encouraging year-round earth-conscious practices.
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