Green Living Energy Tips for June

With sweltering temperatures already upon us, it’s a great time to look at a few green energy tips for the month of June.

1) A simple way to minimize a swimming pool’s environmental impact is to use a cover, even during the summer when the pool is not in use. A cover can reduce water evaporation by 90-95%, meaning less water is needed to fill the pool. A pool cover can also reduce the evaporation of cleaning chemicals like chlorine into greenhouse gases, and decrease your chemical use by up to 50%.

2) Make your summer meals energy friendly by prepping the grill by rubbing it with an onion instead of using a chemical spray; using propane, which is a fossil fuel but burns cleaner than wood or charcoal; having guests bring potluck meals in reusable Tupperware containers; offering beverages in larger containers with reusable cups instead of filling your trash with a lot of empty cans, bottles and plastic cups; and providing guests with recycled-plastic durable dishware and reusable bamboo cutlery.

3) Install a clothesline and start drying your laundry outdoors if you haven’t done so. It is better for the environment and conserves energy; many households who air dry shave more than $25 a month from their electricity bill. Clothes and linens smell better when dried outdoors than in the dryer, and you don’t have to worry about racing to get the clothes out of the dryer before they wrinkle. Clothes that are air-dried also last longer.

4) Using the correct mowing technique can decrease your lawn’s water usage. Use a mulch blade and leave grass clipping on the lawn, to keep moisture in and provide nitrogen. Set your cutting depth to leave 2 and-a-half to 3 inches of grass. Taller grass will protect the stems from strong sunlight and ensure a stronger root system. Less water will evaporate, meaning it’s less you have to water your lawn.

You may not be able to do all of these things but even one of them can help the environment and help you cut back your energy costs.

Don’t have a lawn to mow or a place to dry your clothes?  Call me at 703.927.4554 and let’s change that right away.

Michael