Lower Your Home’s Carbon Footprint with Four Simple Steps

April is Earth Month, and one of the easiest ways you can love the Earth a little better starting today begins with making your home more carbon-neutral. Hart Services, a well-regarded Tacoma plumbing company, has four tips to help you to do so.

“We take a lot of pride in the Tacoma area’s clean environment and commitment to fighting climate change,” said Richard Hart, co-owner of Harts Services. “But sometimes, when looking at the big picture, it’s easy to lose sight of small but important steps we can all take in our own homes to help the planet.”

Hart encourages all home-owners to implement the following steps.

  1. Get a tankless water heater. These are friendly for the environment and for your wallet. They have longer lifespans and are cleaner and more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters; offer unlimited hot water; and require fewer materials to build.
  2. Install low-use fixtures. Available for toilets, shower heads, and faucets, low-use fixtures can lower the amount of water you use — as well as the cost of your utility bill.
  3. Swap in efficient appliances. If your washing machine needs to be upgraded, buy one with a low water consumption rating. It might be more expensive initially but should save you money over time.
  4. Ditch bottled water. Yes, you can (and should) drink from the tap! Those who are concerned about the quality of their water can easily set up a home filtration system and save on plastic waste in doing so.

“If everyone implements only one of these measures, the collective effort can make a huge difference,” Hart said. “The beauty of small steps – if enough people are willing to take them – is that they can lead to much bigger change.”

is a staff writer at South Sound magazine. Email her.
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