It seems like everybody is going green these days. On a larger scale, clean energy has been discussed a great deal in the news and government programs, both federal and state, have been implemented throughout the country to encourage spending on more energy efficient appliances. One of these programs gives homeowners a federal tax credit of up to $1,500 when they upgrade to a more energy efficient air conditioning system. The deadline for the program is December 31, 2010 so act soon!
But homeowners can also take other steps in their everyday lives to contribute to the green movement.
Recycling is always a good way to do your part for the environment. A lot of cities have a curbside recycling pick up program, while apartment buildings or complexes often make recycling bins available for residents. If your city or apartment building/complex does not have a recycling service, look up recycling locations around town. The drive to the recycling location might even be on your way to the store or work.
Recycling of paper, aluminum cans, plastics, glass, etc. is easy with these programs, but what about other materials such as batteries or motor oil? Many auto service locations or auto parts retailers are authorized to collect car batteries for recycling, and many even accept used motor oil and oil filters. Certain retail locations such as Best Buy offer recycling of household batteries in bins at their stores or out in front. Rechargeable batteries are available and are a great way to get the most use out of your batteries.
You can recycle plastic bags from the grocery store by returning them to the grocery store. Other retailers such as Wal-Mart may offer recycling of plastic bags as well. Many stores now sell reusable bags for about a dollar a piece. Target sells reusable bags and even gives you a nickel off of your purchase each time you use one of their reusable bags.
Next time you need cleaning supplies, you may consider opting for an eco-friendly cleaner such as those made by Seventh Generation or Green Works from Clorox. Martha Stewart offers eco-friendly cleaning products as well. There are others out there and most retailers offer these in their cleaning aisles. Eco-friendly laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and dish soap are also available.
Stay tuned to All Year Cooling for more easy tips on going green!