Celebrated annually on April 22nd, Earth Day is one day a year that puts sustainability and our impact on the environment front and center. A globally recognized holiday, the goal is to leave Earth a better planet for future generations. Numerous communities have adopted Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on green living. We encourage you to go even further than that with some ideas to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
Switch to Zone Heating
Heating and cooling accounts for over 50% of your home energy useage, and if you think about it, it’s extremely wasteful. Typical HVAC systems were designed to heat and cool every room of your home equally, which is good in theory, but bad in practice. How often do you use the guest room or formal dining room? Definitely not as much as the bedroom or living room. By investing in an electric fireplace or standalone heater for one of these spaces, you can turn down the central thermostat and focus the energy only on the areas of your home that you use the most. Not only is it better for the environment without sacrificing comfort, but this one adjustment can also save you up to 10% off your monthly electric bill.
You’ve heard the arguments to eat local because it supports the community and is good for your health, but there is more to it than that. . According to the Worldwatch Institute, food travels an average of 1,500 miles between the farm and the supermarket, which uses an incredible amount of carbon emissions in transport costs. So the next time you’re craving out of season Avocados, think about what you might be able to substitute them with from your own region. You may just discover your new favorite food.
Unplug Your Gadgets
You may not know it, but just by being powered on your computer or phone are unnecessarily using energy. One easy way to alleviate this is by switching to power strips that can be turned off when not in use.
Consider What Appliances You’re Purchasing
Energy Star Ratings are an easy way to see which products are designed with energy efficiency in mind, but this is not the only factor that matters. You can also consider which products earn LEED credits for green building projects, which also demonstrate appliances committed to minimizing their carbon footprint.
Follow these four simple lifestyle adjustments, and you will be helping make this planet a better place for future generations.
Author: Lauren Monitz
Lauren Monitz is a home improvement expert, DIY blogger and regular contributor to ElectricFireplacesDirect.com.