Ways to Help the Environment: Part 2
If you missed last week’s article on how you can reduce your carbon footprint, check out Part 1 on sustainability and the multitude of ways you can create a long-lasting green home and healthy environment.
This week the focus is on commuting and home and business improvements. Let’s dive in!
Home and business improvements – improving your earth-friendly habits can be inside and outside your home or business. Since you take great care in your home’s maintenance, you can add one or two of these green ideas to extend the benefits of a healthier environment.
- Seasonal ‘to-do list’
- Preparing your home for seasonal changes, benefits how efficiently your house or business is running. This includes sealing up cracks and holes, to not waste heat and energy. It may also help save money. We have several ideas on what you can do for each season to help keep your home in tip-top shape: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
- Hazardous waste
- Every home is bound to have harmful substances lurking around. Whether it’s motor oil, old computers, weed killers, or something similar, dispose of it properly. Call your local government or visit their website to find drop-off sites for these items.
- Grow plants
- Indoor plants can help filter air. So, grab a fern, rubber plant for palm tree to use as a natural air filter! Bring one into the office; it will brighten up your workspace and provides oxygen and natural filtration.
- Get rid of toxic products
- There are so many eco-friendly cleaners now, or you could make your own! Invest in some good glass bottles, and you are reducing the amount of plastic waste and toxic runoff.
- Water wisely
- This is for inside and outside the house! Be aware of your water usage while brushing your teeth, doing the dishes, and even flushing the toilet! “Up to a third of the drinking water that comes into the typical Western home goes straight down the toilet.” source
- Put a timer on your sprinklers. You could even check the weather to make sure they won’t get a double dose if rain is in the forecast. If you have the space, you could use a bucket or something similar to collect rain water to water your plants on dry days.
- Solar panels
- Having a renewable energy source for your home or business means good news for the planet and environment. There are no emissions when running, it gathers energy from the sun, and it may reduce your carbon footprint. Once installed, they require little to no maintenance, and they last approximately 50 years, so you should be set for years to come. Check with your local government and tax professional to see if your city or state offers additional deductions or kickbacks for have residential solar energy. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy has a guide for homeowners if you want to learn more.
Leave the car at home: Some folks have already swapped out their mode of transportation for an eco-friendly alternative. If you haven’t, consider some of these options:
- Bike to work
- Cities are becoming more bike friendly, and it might just save you a bit on commuting!
- Public transportation
- This may not be your first choice, giving recent social distancing, but as we adjust as a nation, this might be a benefit you would enjoy. Riding the subway, train or metro could give you extra time to catch up on emails or even read that book you don’t have time for.
- Share a ride
- Take turns with co-workers carpooling. Rush hour won’t seem as terrible, and you might be able to brainstorm for the big project on your way to the office! Every gallon of gas that you or your commute buddy doesn’t burn by driving themselves saves about 20 pounds of CO2.
- For many, working from home is the new norm these days. Even if there is an option to go back to work, maybe you can work from home a couple of times a week; every little bit helps.
- Shop from home
- Don’t pretend you don’t do this already; we see those Amazon boxes on your doorstep. To improve your online shopping, choose the option to bulk ship items together even if it takes longer to get to you, and select companies with eco-friendly and recyclable packaging.
The RMS Difference
- 95% of our staff have been working from home this past year. When the offices open, there will be an option to do a combo of returning to the office and working from home.
- When a new team member is hired, onboarding is virtual and paperless and has been for the last four years.
- All RMS employee files electronic as of June 2020.
There are many simple steps that you can take to help the environment from the comfort of your own home. Being conscious of the decisions you are making as a consumer and a homeowner can make a big impact on your carbon footprint. RMS is dedicated to putting on our green-thinking cap and improving our work environment while supporting our Team, and current and future homeowners.