April 22, 2013 Leave a comment
April 22 marks a very meaningful day on our calendars every year since 1970. People all over the world celebrate Earth Day with various activities that have to do with the support of environmental protection. At BluFi Lending, we contribute to a sustainable future every day by providing an eco-friendly work place and by using sophisticated paperless technologies that are more efficient and eco-friendly. Our electronic process for making home loans is good for the environment AND saves our customers’ “green” too.
In honor of Earth Day this year, we decided to put together a list of tips for homeowners on making their home more eco-friendly. Here are some things you can do:
- Change the bulbs in your home to LED bulbs. LEDs uses less power (watts) per unit of light generated (lumens). LED’s help reduce greenhouse emissions from power plants and lower electric bill. They can last up-to 50,000 hours vs CFL’s 8,000 hours.
- Washing clothes or dishes with cold water is just fine – the new soaps and detergents out there will do the same job.
- Buy in bulk when you go to the store – this way you won’t waste packaging and will reduce trips to the store.
- Invest in canvas totes instead of asking for plastic bags every time you go grocery shopping. Single-use bags are choking landfills and many states are looking for ways to solve the problem. So far in 2013, eight states—Arkansas, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington—are considering banning single-use plastic bags, with California’s proposed ban including paper and other single-use bags as well.
- Leave the plastics behind! Use biodegradable pots for your home and garden instead.
- Think twice when you’re tempted to print hard copies or write your shopping list on post-it notes. Use your smartphone or electronic instead.
- If you are upgrading furniture or doing major home improvements, check for eco-friendly options. With all the abundance of products these days, you should be able to find cool and green products for your home.
- Instead of buying batteries all the time, opt for rechargeable ones and invest in a battery charger. Try to eliminate waste as much as possible.
- Here’s a tip right in time for your spring cleaning. Hot water and white vinegar can substitute cleaning supplies and will do a great job. Save the environment and save money too.
- Last, but not least, don’t forget to recycle. You’d be surprised how much of what we consume is recyclable waste.
If you’d like to get more involved or to find more information on various causes and activities for Earth Day, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.