The idea of “going green” can invoke images of solar panels and cars that plug-in. However, ZMG Construction experts say that helping the environment doesn’t necessarily need to involve large-scale life changes.
We’ve all been told how important going green is to the environment, but for many of us it seems easier said than done. ZMG Construction, which focuses on “green construction,” knows that going green doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here, they share their top 4 easy ways to go green.
Switch Your Light Bulbs
According to ZMG Construction, switching to compact fluorescent bulbs is an easy way to go green, and saves energy as well as money. These bulbs convert the majority of the energy they use in to light and use 75 percent less electricity than regular light bulbs. They’ll also save you money at the hardware store, because the last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Additionally, florescent light bulbs that are “energy-star approved” have a guaranteed life time of two years.
Chargers and appliances still consume energy when they’re switched off, but plugged in. Even when your phone isn’t being charged, your computer is on stand-by, or your microwave isn’t heating anything up, small amounts of energy are still being drawn in all the time. This type of electrify is known as standby power, or vampire power.
According to the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, the average home contains 40 products that are constantly drawing power. These appliances may account for as much as 10 percent of the home’s energy use. To prevent this, unplug your appliances when you’re not using them. It’s not realistic to unplug every appliance in your home, so start with chargers, which draw the most standby power. Even unplugging a few appliances, like your coffee maker and microwave, will save energy and money. Additionally, you can use a power strip to plug multiple appliances in, and turn them all off at once.
How you do your laundry can make a big impact on the environment. According to ZMG Construction, any time you do half loads, you’re wasting power and energy. Making sure your loads are full will help conserve these things, saving you money. Additionally, between 85 percent and 90 percent of the energy used by washers goes towards heating the water, and hot water can cost nine times as much as cold, so washing your clothes in a lower temperature can go a long way towards saving energy and money. When possible, using a drying rack or a clothesline to air-dry your clothing will save money and reduce emissions.
Eating locally is good for your health and for the environment. Food bought in grocery store can travel and upwards of 1,000 miles, resulting in serious carbon emissions. Buying food that’s grown locally will prevent this, and will ensure fresh quality. Additionally, going meatless one day a week can have a big impact on the environment. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Hosting “Meatless Mondays” can help curb this.
ZMG Construction knows that “green” isn’t just a buzzword. Through their work with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) professionals, ZMG focused on green design and construction aimed at preserving fuel and reducing emissions.