Negosentro.com | How to Adopt Green Practices on a Shoestring Budget | Energy consumption in both residential and commercial constructions is very often the highest recurring cost incurred. Although paying for energy is really a necessary evil, that does not mean there is nothing you can do to combat this problem. Adopting green practices can not only save energy but also decrease the waste you produce. As a property owner, you also have a social responsibility to use as many eco-friendly agendas as you can possibly employ. In the process, the money and resources you will save will be invaluable in more ways than one.
It has been true in the past, and even in the present, that employing green practices carries large upfront costs in most cases. This does not mean that this is true across the board; however, there are many cost-effective and extremely energy-efficient protocols any property owner can adopt and often with little to any outside assistance.
The following is a list of green practices for businesses and residences that are not only affordable (and will save money as well) but also easily adopted by virtually anyone:
Recycling can be a great way to help organize and downsize.
In preserving our planet, the most important thing we can do is to recycle. There are more than 100 million people in America recycling old and used materials from offices and homes. Are you trying to decide what to recycle and which things just need to go in the garbage or even the compost pile? If your household or commercial waste is bulky, you can go with skip hire services where your waste would be processed to recycle it.
Your HVAC System:
For most homes, the power used in heating and cooling makes up the majority of all the energy bills. This can be avoided simply by maintaining, and updating if necessary, your HVAC system. Very often, this can be as simple as cleaning out the air ducts that are often easily accessible using nothing more than a screwdriver or power drill.
If you are doing this yourself, use a powerful vacuum with a long attachment, and get every vent. Changing any air filters in the system can also significantly improve efficiency, and thus using less energy. The idea is the more restriction, the harder the unit has to work to push air through it, and the more the unit has to run. An HVAC Specialist can provide this service for way under $100, including changing the filters.
How well is your building insulated?
When it comes to making considerations about insulation, most people imagine the yellow-dense fiberglass often lining the inside of most walls. Whether it is a summer month or winter month, insulation is the most important way to save on energy usage.
Old insulation, gaps in the insulation, as well as, uninsulated walls allow the valuable heat and cool air your HVAC system is creating to pass right through. This should all be thought of as money lost; an energy evaluation is very inexpensive and alerts you to whether your building is properly insulated. Updating insulation is a very small cost in comparison to the money you will save in energy costs.
The small things matter:
Although there are small and inexpensive items available to increase energy efficiency anywhere, people often trivialize them. For instance, energy-efficient light bulbs are easily and readily available, and yet too often not used. Look at the weather stripping and caulk meant to seal the windows and doors–every single crack is a leak. Replace curtains with insulated models that are meant to maintain air temperature. If possible, open windows before you use your HVAC system, and if you do not need to turn on the light, then don’t.
Decrease your waste output:
Decreasing waste starts with decreasing paper. Whether a home or business, digitize as much as possible – there are plenty of software options to accommodate any storage needs. Use the option to pay bills digitally, as well as things like receiving bank statements. Any paper you must use, scan the document onto your computer, and rather than just tossing it away, shred all paper.
This conserves space when it comes time to bag garbage. Either purchase or simply make labeled cans for “Garbage” and “Recycling”. For businesses that generate many aluminum cans as waste, try investing in a small compactor. Aluminum is not waste but worth money by the pound – save up those cans and trade them into a scrap yard for cold hard cash.
Many of the above tips may seem trivial, yet they will add up very quickly. Not only will you see a decrease in the money coming out of your pocket, but you will also be helping to conserve valuable energy, assisting the process in preserving the environment and reducing waste for any building.