Here at Cadet we’re constantly looking at how we can be more efficient and environmentally friendly. Our Green Team leads the charge and wanted to offer these tips to have a green 2015:
- Skip the bottled water. It’s expensive, most containers never get recycled and it takes more water to make a container than to fill it. Plus, think about all the energy used to transport the bottle between the factory and your home.
- Recycle/Upcycle/Freecycle. You get the drift. Buy used instead of new, and repurpose or share any unwanted items. When all else fails, recycle or find a new way to use something instead of sending it to a landfill.
- Plant a tree. Trees provide shade, recycle water, filter air pollution, beautify the landscape and provide animal habitat. Do I need to say anything else?
- Switch to LED lighting. LEDs are long-lasting, durable, and energy efficient. Total cost for 50,000 hours (typical life of a LED) is $90, versus $476 for incandescents and $126 for CFLs.
- Stop using plastic shopping bags. There is no cost-efficient way to recycle them, so bags taken back to the store may still wind up in the landfill or floating in the middle of the ocean.
- Compost. Composting keeps food and plant material from the landfill and creates a natural fertilizer.
- Buy local. Keep your cash in the local economy and reduce the distance from farm to fork. Your produce will be fresher and taste better.
- Grow your own produce. Just think… fresh, natural produce could be a few steps away. Even apartment dwellers can grow in deck pots. Plus you know exactly what goes into the food you eat.
- Make your own cleaning supplies. If you have vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and Borox, you can make your own cleaning supplies.
- Use a programmable thermostat. Save energy by using preset temperatures – lower when you are away from home or sleeping, warmer just before you return home or get up. Set your thermostat a few degrees cooler in the winter and a few degrees warmer in the summer to improve your energy savings even more.
All of these options require little effort or investment, and can make a huge impact on our planet. We encourage our employees to make it a goal to increase their green practices in 2015, and save some green cash while doing it.