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Reducing your carbon footprint is an admirable goal that many people are opting to take on. But where can you start?
Don’t feel overwhelmed by the process of going green. Try these five simple green solutions you can implement in your home with little to no work on your part.
Adding Window Tint Film to Your Home
Window tinting for homes is a sure way to reduce your energy consumption and protect your furniture. Its application helps to stabilize the temperature in your home, reduces hot or cold spots, and can even prevent the sun’s rays from fading fabrics and finishes inside your house.
Window tint film does not necessarily have to be dark, like how you imagine car tint. In fact, many kinds won’t affect your view of the outdoors at all. It can actually improve the clarity of your view, and keep your home safer from break-ins, especially if you choose 3M Night Vision film or window security film, which prevents glass from shattering.
Why It’s Green: 3M window tint is long-lasting and reduces wear on your furniture, so you don’t have to replace sofas, chairs, and other items as frequently. It also helps keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, so you run your HVAC system less.
Get More Info: Contact us at Energy Solutions for a free consultation and estimate for window tint film for your house or condo. We’ll make recommendations on the type of 3M window tint that will best suit your household goals.
Composting Food Scraps and Yard Waste
Your summer vegetable and flower garden will thank you if you choose to start a home compost program. Composting is a great way to turn organic matter into free fertilizer for your plants and yard, and you don’t need expensive specialized tools or equipment to do it.
In fact, a small, fenced-off area of your yard, a shovel, and a large coffee container are all you really need to get started with a basic compost bin.
Why It’s Green: You’re reducing your household waste by repurposing it. And you’ll never need to drive to the nursery or garden store and pay for fertilizer ever again.
Get More Info: The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office nearest you can provide you with resources about starting a home compost program and answer your questions, either over the phone, or in person. They also offer online resources you can download in your spare time.
Upgrading to LED Light Bulbs and Fixtures
Traditional light bulbs use far more energy than modern LEDs, and they don’t last as long. This means you’re replacing light bulbs more frequently than you need to be.
Although the purchase price of LED bulbs is marginally more expensive than traditional household light bulbs, the amount of money you’ll save on your energy bills – and the amount of energy consumption you reduce – more than makes up for the price difference.
Household goods manufacturers are also designing long-lasting fixtures with LED bulbs built-in. These fixtures last up to 10 years, meaning you are making fewer trips to the store to buy bulbs.
Why It’s Green: LED bulbs are more energy efficient than old-school ones, so you don’t run up your electricity bill just by flipping a light switch.
Get More Info: The federal government’s Energy Star website has stats and data about the impact that switching to LEDs has on your household and the environment.
Opting for No-Waste Products at the Grocery Store
You already know to use reusable shopping bags at the grocery store, instead of the paper or plastic ones they offer – or that you have to pay extra for. But you can further reduce your grocery-related waste!
Instead of using plastic baggies for your produce, bring along soft fabric bags to place your fruits and veggies in. Opt for fresh foods, not prepackaged ones, to reduce your waste even further – and making a homemade meal can be way more tasty and just as easy, too!
If you’re really looking to reduce your waste, shop at co-op stores that let you fill your own containers in the bulk section. Some co-ops even offer bulk dishwashing liquid, shampoos, and more. Just bring your own clean jars, bottles, and cans to refill with whatever you need.
Why It’s Green: You’re putting less waste into the landfill.
Get More Info: Join a local no-waste Facebook group, or call your local co-op grocery store to learn how to improve your shopping practices.
Join a Buy Nothing Group to Give Away or Receive Household Goods
Have an old bookcase that’s collecting dust? Want to try an air fryer, but you don’t want to spend money on it because you’re not sure you’ll like it? This is a job for a Buy Nothing group on Facebook! Join your local group to give away and request household items, and skip shopping and spending money.
Group members are generally required to pick up items they receive from the group, so be prepared to hop in the car or on your bicycle to collect it. But otherwise, items are always completely free, without a catch.
Why It’s Green: Buy Nothing groups keep household goods out of the landfill, while fulfilling the needs of the local community.
Get More Info: Join your local group on Facebook to learn more.
Energy Solutions Helps You Go Green with Window Tinting for Homes
Although we can’t help you make eco-friendly changes in all facets of your life, we happen to be experts at one tactic you can pursue: Energy Solutions is tinting windows near you!
If you want to join the legions of property owners opting to add insulation and reduce air temperature inconsistencies, then you need to request a free consultation and estimate from the window film pros at Energy Solutions.
We’re based near the Jersey Shore and serve the tri-state area and will come to you to make recommendations and show you samples of our quality 3M window tint, all before you commit to hiring us.