Green is in. Urban dwellers are now very conscious of the need to protect the environment, with initiatives such as waste segregation.Many citieslike Toronto now have green condominiums that are not only beautiful but also environment-friendly. And while moving into green condos may not be possible for the time being, there are other ways for condo owners to help protect Mother Earth.
Here are some things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and safeguard our planet:
- Heat and cool smartly
One of the biggest reasons why your energy bill is high is because your cooling and heating systems aren’t efficient. Did you know that inefficientheating and cooling can cost you around $1,000 a year?
There are lots of ways to make your heating and cooling systems efficient and you can start by changing air filters regularly.According to the US Department of Energy, this can lower your air-conditioning’s energy consumption by as much as 10 percent. It can also prolong the lifespan of your cooling system.
You can also have your heating and cooling systems checked by a licensed contractor every year and use programmable thermostats.
- Repaint and reface
You don’t need to replace your cabinets, closets, and drawers if you are renovating your condo. You can just repaint or reface them. Aside from being cheaper, it can also help save the environment. Just remember to use environment-friendly paints in revamping the look of your drawers.
- Start an indoor garden
Another way that you can help protect the environment is to have plants in your condo. This practice can sustain good air quality at home. You can place them in the living room, so that your guests can be surrounded by clean indoor air. Or have them in your bedroom so that you can breathe fresh air when you sleep.
- Purchase energy efficient appliances
You can also invest in energy-efficient appliances. Refer to the energy rating label when comparing appliances and electronic equipment. By buying energy efficient appliances, you not only reduce running costs of the said equipment but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions of your home.
- Save water
One of the simplest but most effective ways to protect the environment is to conserve water. You can practice simple water-saving actions such as switching off the faucet while shaving or brushing your teeth. You should also repair leaky toilets right away, as it can waste up to 200 gallons of water every day. You must also run the dishwasher only with a full load to minimize water wastage.
- Change lights
Replace lightbulbs in your unit with energy-efficient light fixtures. You will not only save up to $70 a year on your energy bills but also help protect the environment. Look for those with Energy Star label as these light bulbs generate less heat and use less energy than standard lighting. Moreover, these fixtures can last up to 50 times longer.