As the drought season in the Southeast continues, it's important to conserve as much water as we can. Below are suggestions to help businesses and homes conserve water.
Full Throttle requires a more significant investment, examples are covered in this list. The thing to remember here is the investment pays for itself over and over again.
- Increase the efficiency of your home remodeling project
- Incorporate sustainable technology into your commercial or residential space.
- Incorporate green cleaning into your commercial or municipal facility
- Buy flooring, cabinets and counter tops made from recycled materials
- Hire an interior designer who utilizes environmentally friendly materials.
- If your thinking of putting a pool in your backyard, make it a pool that will not need to be treated with chlorine or other toxic chemical
- Install Solar Energy Systems
- Eco Property Lending and Energy Project Loans.
- Recycle construction debris from your commercial or home project.
- Buy A Green Home.
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Second Gear requires a moderate investment, covered in this list are tips and articles to encourage you to go green in a slightly bigger way!
- Ride your bike more, drive less, start a car pooling system at work.
- Install water saving dual flush toilets.
- To save money on your heating bills, install programmable thermostats.
- If your commercial building does not provide recycling, hire a local recycling service.
- Use biodiesel to fuel your diesel engine.
- Use low VOC paints and sealers.
- Buy clothes made from organic, natural fibers.
- Be a patron of local restaurants that support locally grown foods.
- Clean your carpets and flooring without using harmful soaps, chemicals or toxins.
- Instead of buying new furniture, buy furniture at estate sales and antique stores.
First Gear is "the basics," simple tips and articles to help you go green!
- Install faucet aerators, low flow shower heads and toilet retrofit devices. These items are inexpensive and can be purchased at any home improvement or hardware store - save water and save money!
- Turn you water heater down to 120 degrees.
- Replace burned out light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs - including recesssed lighting.
- Prepare meals using fresh, locally grown, organic food - avoid processed foods and extra packaging.
- Gifts - give handmade gifts, gifts made from recycled materials or antiques.
- Use canvas bags or reuse your grocery bags, recycle plastic and paper grocery bags.
- Recycle your paper, plastic, aluminum, metal, cardboard, glass and phone books.
- Change your air filters regularly.
- Turn off your computer every night and before you go on vacation. (read more)
- Stop buying disposable plastic water bottles! Buy reusable water bottles and fill them up throughout the week.