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What Does it Mean to Go Green?

May 15, 2017

You may have heard your friends, family, and neighbors talk about “going green.” But what does this really mean? Lately, a trend has emerged that has gotten more and more people to take a step back and look at the ways in which they impact their environment. By going green, individuals are taking steps to reduce their ecological footprint, decrease waste, and conserve more energy. Below, we’ll dive into what it means to be green and offer you some tips for getting started.

The Impacts of Going Green

Most people want to go green so that they can reduce their impact on the environment. This can as simple as finding ways to reduce energy use around the house or it can be more involved like becoming a vegetarian. No matter how you choose to live a greener lifestyle, the fact remains that every bit of green living can help make a positive impact on the planet.

Not only does living a greener lifestyle allow you to do your part to reduce your ecological footprint, but it can also help you save some green… cash that is! Working to save energy and live a more minimalistic life can actually help you save on home expenses over time. As you use less energy and reduce your consumption in other areas, there’s a good chance that you will spend less across the board.

3 Tips for Living a Greener Lifestyle

Now that you know how living a greener lifestyle can help you lessen your impact on the environment and save a little money in the meantime, it’s time to talk about how to get started. Here are 3 simple tips to help you start living a greener lifestyle today:

1. Don’t heat or cool an empty house.

When you leave the house, turn your thermostat up or down to get it a little closer to the temperature outside. This makes it so that your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable, which helps you save more energy over time.

2. Carpool when you can.

Carpooling can save you money on gas, while also helping lessen your impact on the environment. Trying carpooling to work with your nearby coworkers or planning shopping trips with friends and family. The less vehicles on the road, the less gasoline is being used.

3. Avoid printing if possible.

Another simple way to save energy and resources is to avoid printing when possible. For instance, instead of printing documents at work, you can send them via email. Rather than printing out concert tickets or shopping coupons, try using an app instead. This can help you reduce paper waste while also saving energy.

If you are looking for more ways to improve your energy efficiency, check out our post, “5 Ways You Can Invest in Lowering HVAC Energy Usage” or “Brody Pennell’s Top Tips for Energy Efficiency.” Be sure to bookmark our blog and check back regularly for more great tips on saving energy and caring for your HVAC system.


About The Author

Brody Pennell

Since 1945, Brody Pennell Heating & Air Conditioning is the committed to helping homeowners in the greater Los Angeles area experience total home comfort. In 2021, the readers of the Los Angeles Times voted Brody Pennell the Best HVAC Company in the area.

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