Green Changes for Earth Day

April 18, 2016

Earth Day comes around every year as a perfect reminder of the varying changes we could make in our lives to better the planet that we call home. So we sat down with Kirk Golding environmental enthusiast and Senior Vice President of IT and Special Projects at Silverton Casino, for this top picks on going green, and the impact the changes will make to the green in your wallet. Golding shares his top picks for making a difference without breaking the bank, leaving us with no excuses when it comes doing our part.

Free
-Remember the 5 R’s (In order of importance): Refuse, don’t accept plastic. Reduce, refrain from using plastic as much as possible, Reuse, when you must use plastic, Recycle, once you’ve reached the reuse limit as a last resort, Rot, compost everything that you can.
-Buy items available in glass over plastic
-Buy in bulk rather than plastic

Low- Medium Cost
-Purchase a programmable thermostat for your home and be sure to set it so that it is less active when you are not home. Additionally, getting used to keeping it a little warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter can help reduce costs and stay green.
-A whole house fan can be green and beneficial by forcing the outside air to the interior, resulting in less usage for air conditioning and heating.
-Replace the bulbs in your home or office with LED bulbs.

High Cost
-Purchase an electric or hybrid vehicle
-Invest in a tankless hot water heater

Going green starts with small changes that can lead to big differences overtime. Investing your own green and a little time can be quite gratifying, along with the knowledge that you are doing what you can to make a difference, no matter how small.

Do you have any tips for living a green life?

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