Most homeowners are in the know when it comes to eco-friendly practices. You can recycle aluminum, glass and paper goods. Turn off lights when leaving a room. Use fewer paper towels and take shorter showers.
However, as technology advances, there are even more opportunities for sustainability. Your friends at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates have a few helpful hints to share on going green.
Give your shirts the cold shoulder
Laundering clothing in cold water is equally as effective as using hot water. In fact, cold water enables you to conserve about 90 percent of the energy used for warming the water, according to the experts at Real Simple.
Taking it a step further, advances in washing machines, dryers, detergents and softeners encourage the use of cold water, so consider keeping clothes cool the next time you do laundry.
For landscaping, go native
Plants, trees, shrubs and flowers native to Texas are, by design, acclimated to the area’s temperatures and soil. By using native, drought-tolerant landscaping, homeowners conserve water and promote the home’s outdoor beauty and aesthetics.
For more information on native landscaping, including names of native trees and plants, read “Natural Beauties” from the City of Dallas.
Give up the bottle
Drinking water is a health and wellness staple. Although water varieties have become more flavorful and vitamin-infused, it still comes to you in plastic bottles.
Strive to drink filtered water from a re-usable BPA-free plastic or stainless steel bottle. Experts at House Beautiful recommend installing an under-sink water filter, which is known to remove impurities.
What do you do with powerless or non-working electronics? Rather than trash them, the City of Dallas requests that you recycle these gadgets to help keep the environment clean. (You can also visit Earth911 to find recycling facilities for electronics and just about anything else.)
Dallas is one of the greenest cities in the nation. Learn more about our city’s efforts for sustainable living here. And, for a list of items you can recycle that you may not have realized, visit Green America.
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