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Recycling symbolEach of us can play a role in making the world a better place to live, and the environment more sustainable for the future. As Earth Day approaches on April 22, there are a few things you can do at home to ensure that water and energy resources are conserved and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.

Here are a few helpful tips you can implement today.

Reuse and recycle

The key to conserving the little resources that we have and reducing pollution is recycling and reusing what we have already used. Many items at home that end up in a landfill can be used in a few ways. These include old wooden items, metal, and plastics.

You can use these items in many other areas or just send them into recycling. Water is also a resource that can be reused. Gray water that comes from the bathroom, cleaning and laundry is suitable for irrigation and flushing the toilet.

Go for energy-efficient tankless water heating systems

Water heating is one of the highest energy-intensive activities at home. More energy is lost when you have to store hot water and reuse later. It gets cold, and it has to be reheated now and then. Luckily, there are tankless water heating systems that enable you to heat the water when you need it. It is energy efficient and very effective in dealing with energy loss. Most of these systems make use of natural gas, which is cheaper than electricity.

Cut down your carbon emissions

High carbon dioxide levels are to blame for rising sea levels, global warming, and erratic weather. If everyone reduced their carbon footprint, it would be easy to reverse these negative effects.

two footprints and the words "carbon footprint" Some of the ways you can reduce your carbon footprint are by using clean energy for heating at home, buying vehicles that use clean energy and cutting down on unnecessary travel.

Go for eco-friendly appliances and fixtures

Consider buying energy star rated appliances for your home as they save on energy. Also, support the recycling movement by purchasing plumbing materials created from recycled materials that are eco-friendly. You can also consider purchasing low-flow showerheads and water-efficient toilets to cut on your water usage.

When it comes to doing your part for the environment, all you have to do is to implement these tips.

If you are in the Rancho Cucamonga, CA area and would like to learn more about going green at home, contact us, All City Plumbing, at (909) 552-7550.

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