Do you want to go green? You are not alone. Folks everywhere are not only more environmentally conscious, but they are also more aware of how green alternatives tend to be money saving strategies as well. We have been witness to this growing trend, here at J & R Herra. A countless number of customers, business owners, and general contractors have contacted the team to either transform or newly construct their spaces into “green” structures. Many of these services include the installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems, high efficiency furnaces/boilers and air conditioners, humidifiers and air exchangers, dual flush toilets, water metering faucets, light sensors, and high efficiency water heaters. Where the upfront cost of these units may be somewhat intimidating, the long-term pay back and ability for financial recoup is rewarding, to say the least. Please call our office if you are interested in one of these “green” alternatives for your home, farm, or business. We will discuss the viability and practicability of incorporating them into your specific plans.
For those of you who are not remodeling, building, or in the market for one of these more elaborate changes, there are plenty of other EASY strategies to go green and save green. Here are J & R Herra’s top ten trouble-free, straightforward, effortless changes you could make to see “green” benefits in your home. These tried and true measures are staples in the Herra household, and we’d like to share them with you.
- Laundry Tips: Wash your clothes in cold water and hang them out to dry.
- Switch out your light bulbs to CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) and flip the switch when you leave the room.
- When it comes to shopping for your everyday household or clothing needs (or getting rid of your unwanted items), try the following: local thrift stores, garage sales, and/or virtual postings on Craigslist, Freecycle, FaceBook garage sale sites, and bookoo. You’ll be amazed at what treasures you can find!
- Fix your leaky faucets or running toilets. If you need help in this department, give us a call. Trust us; it will make a world of difference in your utility bill.
- Use reusable bags at the grocery store.
- Speaking of shopping, try to shop in your community, where food and household goods are produced locally.
- Drive the speed limit.
- Save on stamps, paper products, and mail service by paying your bills on-line. By the way, it’s way easier too!
- Use scrap paper for your home office, work, school, and/or creative coloring sessions.
- Unplug the un-used chargers and appliances in your home. Every little bit, goes a long way.