We’re coming to a new year, and if you’re like me, you’re thinking about how you can make the next year better. You’re thinking about how you can be better. And, if you truly are like me, you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and be a little greener. Here are three things you can go green in the New Year to make your life a little greener, and save some money in the process.
Ditch Your Recyclable Water Bottles
Recycling is obviously not a bad thing, but when you’re faced with a decision to either keep buying and using cases of water bottles or just refilling a water bottle, it’s not hard to guess which one has the green advantage. Choose to opt out of the cases of bottled water you drink in a year, and get a purifier pitcher or water faucet purifier. This will greatly reduce your carbon footprint and save you quite a bit of money while you’re at it.
Replacing Your Furnace Filter
This is a win-win. If you haven’t replaced your furnace filter in a long time, it’s overdue for a replacement and probably isn’t working as efficiently as it should. When you replace your HVAC filter, you’re not only opting for better air quality, but you’re also ensuring that your HVAC unit won’t have to work overtime to get through a dirty filter. Sure, filters come with a price tag, but a clean filter means more efficiency, so you’ll see a few dollars knocked off of your utility bill.
Change Water Filters
When a water filter reaches its end, it means it’s pretty clogged up. After all, a filter’s job is to capture unwanted particles, so it makes sense that after a while it will eventually fill up. When this happens, your filter flow rate will suffer since the water has to work its way through all of the trapped particulates, and your water will start to taste or smell a little funny, since your filter isn’t removing impurities from the water anymore. Changing your filter in time for the new year and staying on top of when it needs to be replaced will help you stay green this coming year and beyond.