12 Easy Ways to Go Green

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At Oliver Heating and Cooling, we’re all about going green and doing what we can to protect the environment. We’ve come up with a list of some easy ways that you can go green, so you can help the Earth as well.

** Stop rinsing your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher – you could save up to 20 gallons of water. You would also save energy, since you use your electricity or gas to heat the water for rinsing.

** Instead of using the paper or plastic bags they have at the grocery store, bring your own reusable shopping bags. You’ll reduce the amount of paper or plastic that you use (and reusable bags are easier to carry!).

** If you’re still getting paper bills for your bank, credit card, electric, cable, and more, switch to paperless statements. You’ll not only save a lot of paper and postage from being used, but you’ll also have less mail to pick up.

** Cleaning your refrigerator coils on a regular basis will help it run more efficiently and help you save on your energy bills. Simply pull your refrigerator out from the wall and vacuum the dust and dirt that’s on your coils.

** Elevators use a lot of power, so the next time you think about taking one, use the stairs instead. You’ll not only save energy, but you’ll increase your cardiovascular health.

** Many times, our emergency plumbing repair services are called upon in order to fix leaks, and we never mind doing it; just two or three drops of water every minute can add up to over 100 gallons of wasted water every year.

** Instead of buying bottled water, invest in a water filter that purifies your tap water. Filters come in the form of a sink attachment or a refillable pitcher, and either one you choose will save you money and will cut down on your plastic consumption.

** When you’re done with an old cell phone, mp3 player, computer, or other electronic device, don’t throw it in the trash. Instead, donate or sell it and you’ll keep toxins like mercury out of the ground.

** In the summertime, water your lawn at dusk or at dawn, when the sun isn’t hot yet. If you water it during the day, a lot of water will evaporate and you’ll have to use more to get the job done.

** Instead of throwing away food that won’t be eaten, recycle it into a compost for your garden. You’ll use fewer trash bags, save money on fertilizer, and put extra food to good use.

** This last one is very simple: Just wipe your feet. By wiping your feet on a mat before you walk into your home, you’ll reduce the amount of dirt on your floors, which in turn, reduces the amount of energy you have to use to clean them.

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