We got into this business to help companies better understand the energy industry, their own energy use and how they can save money and help the planet all at the same time. With some expert advice, clear information and a little initiative companies and individuals to do a lot to reduce their impact on the environment. Efficient and sustainable operations and greener lifestyle habits can have a bigger impact on our earth than you think!
Whether you’re at home or at work, there are a few behaviour changes that will make a big difference. Here are some simple habits that will help reduce your carbon footprint:
- Turn off the lights. It’s surprising how often we leave the room, at home or at work, without turning out the light! Making it a habit to switch off the lights when you’re not in the room will greatly reduce the energy output of your home. It won’t be long before you start to see a reduction in your energy bill. It is worth noting at this point that if you feel you are paying over the odds for your energy, then it may be time to shop around for better rates. Compare energy rates by using a comparison site to save yourself loads of time and see if you could be spending less each month by lowering your bill and turning lights off.
- Recycle. Nearly every major city has a recycling program that is easily accessible to residents and businesses. An increased number of businesses are making use of baler machines to help them manage their recyclable waste in an efficient manner. By recycling your paper, plastics, cans and glass you will reduce the amount of garbage that ends up unnecessarily accumulating in the landfill. Electronics, appliances and other household items can be recycled at a local eco-station. You can even recycle whilst at work! Ask the cleaning company to recycle the rubbish, companies like Green Facilities would be happy to do this for you. If you’re interested in finding a cleaning company that would help you recycle, click here to signup with Green Facilities.
- Use appliance during the off-peak hours. Did you know that electricity companies have higher rates during peak hours? Peak hours can vary from region to region. Alberta’s peak hours typically occur between 6:00-9:00 AM and 6:00-9:00 PM. Because the demand for electricity is higher, with more people using lights and appliances, the electricity supplier raises its rates. Consider waiting to use major appliances like the dishwasher or washing machine outside of peak hours. It will save you money on your next energy bill!
- Don’t idle your car. As Albertan’s who suffer through long and cold winters, it is our habit to let our cars warm-up before we drive anywhere. Although it’s more comfortable to jump into a warm vehicle, it is a huge waste of gas and energy and releases carbon emissions into the atmosphere. If you want to reduce your energy use and emissions, try not to idle your vehicle when it isn’t necessary.
- Don’t litter. This is a pretty old school concept. There are garbage cans along most city streets, in transit stations, park, and other public areas. There really is no excuse to litter. If you see someone else’s litter pick it up and throw it in the trash. If everyone did that we would have much cleaner cities.
- Think greener and live greener. Making a commitment to clean living is really a lifestyle choice. Consider the things you do and items you use on a daily basis. Every day greener choices could include riding your bike to work, using reusable shopping bags, and hanging your clothes up to dry. This doesn’t only apply to items you have indoors but materials that are used on the exterior of the house too. We all want nice things, but if it has a negative impact on the environment, is it worth it? For example, for the vinyl used on the house, you may want to look into materials that are energy-efficient, long-lasting and eco-friendly, like alside vinyl siding. Are there changes you can make to live an overall greener lifestyle?
Not only does obtaining a fresh mindset for greener practices help the planeut it will also help you save money on your energy bills. Solution 105 is here to help you understand energy consumption, sustainable practices and tightening up efficiencies at home and the workplace. Contact Solution 105 today and we’ll help you make sense of energy!