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How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Categories: DIY Tips & Tricks | Posted: April 7, 2011 | Comments Off on How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint


With Spring in full-gear, here are some helpful habits to help you take care of the environment.

1)      Use vegetable-based or biodegradable cleaning products around the house– You may not realize it, but most of those caustic chemicals we use for daily maintenance and cleaning usually wind up down the drain, in the garbage, or outside steeping into your water table.

2)      Composting– Set aside an area in your backyard to compost leaves and biodegradable waste, like eggshells, spoiled food, and banana peels. If you intend to use your compost pile for gardening at your new homes in Auburn, AL, you can even add earthworms to your compost pile to speed up the process and enrich your topsoil. Just be sure to keep extremely acidic waste like coffee grounds separate, as it can kill your earthworms.

3)      Water your lawn in the morning– This gives your soil and vegetation the chance to absorb the most moisture possible before the midday sun causes substantial evaporation. Not only will this save the environment, but also your wallet and your lawn.

4)      Reusable Water Bottles– Instead of using disposable cups or water bottles, buy a reusable one and fill it up wherever you go. This eliminates thousands of plastic bottles or waxed paper products from being used and thrown into landfills a year.

5)      Use recycled products– Using products (especially paper) that have already cycled through use once or twice helps continue the process of sustainability. Keep it up!

6)      Make sure to turn off computers and lights– When you’re not in a room or your gadgets aren’t in use, turn them off. Not only does it extend the life of your electronics, but it helps curb your electrical use and thus, your bill in your new homes in Auburn, AL!

7)      Lower your home’s water pressure– Adjusting your water pump reduces the amount of water you use in your shower, laundry room, dishwasher, and sinks and can save you thousands of gallons of water a year.

8)      Get into the habit of borrowing– If there are tools or items around your house that use very infrequently, such as a chainsaw, try to borrow it. Take this opportunity to meet and befriend your neighbors in new homes in Auburn, AL and let them know of some tools you might be willing to let them borrow, too. Going to the library and checking out books can even help reduce consumption and keep clutter down in your home.

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