5 Myths About Being Green At Home
There were ‘tree-huggers’ in the 70s and people who were on a mission to ‘save the planet’ in the 90s. Now, everyone is hopping on the ‘go green’ bandwagon. Clearly we’ve been trying to be ‘green-conscious’ for a while now. However with time comes wisdom, as well as uncertainty. How do you know if your choices are actually helping the planet? We’ve debunked a few common misconceptions to help you lead a smarter ‘green’ path.
Myth: There’s no reliable way to know if a product is as green as it claims.
Yes, there’s plenty of so-called ‘greenwashing’ out there. But aside from the SCS and FCS certifications, there are other third-party groups whose logos indicate products are as green as they say they are. The most widely known is the EPA’s Energy Star logo, but you can also look for logos from GreenSeal. They scrutinize products’ green cred, including the amount of recycled content used.
Myth: To really save on my utility bills, I need to invest in renewable energy.
It would be great if we could all tap into solar, wind, and geothermal technologies, but those are still cost-prohibitive for many of us. In the meantime, you can lessen your demand for nonrenewable energy by up to 40 percent by simply plugging gaps, holes, and other air leaks in your home.
Myth: If it plugs in, it’s an energy vampire when it’s off.
Unless your appliance has a power adapter, indicator light, standby function, or clock, it’s not burning energy. The worst vampire by far? Your cable box, which uses half the juice of an Energy Star fridge. So when you’re not busy watching your favorite HBO series, turn it off!
Myth: If I really want to save water, I have to buy a new toilet.
If your toilet was made after the year ‘94, you already have a low-flow toilet, which means no replacement necessary. Every time you flush you’re using no more than 1.6 gallons of water, courtesy of federal government requirements.
If you run into any problems with your home’s electric, plumbing or A/C, don’t hesitate to give our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We are here to help you keep things running smoothly – for less!
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