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If you’re committed to reducing your carbon footprint, there are many changes you can make in your lifestyle to reduce your impact on the environment. One area that’s easy to overlook is your move. There’s no doubt that moving is stressful, but consider the amount of packing supplies and gasoline involved in the average move. When it comes to your next household move, here’s how you can make a conscious effort to choose eco-friendly materials, use supplies, and reduce carbon emissions during the long transport.
#1. Choose Reusable Boxes
Boxes, tape, and packing material aren’t just expensive; they can also end up in a landfill. Instead, consider investing in reusable bins to transport your belongings. If you don’t need many after your move, another option is a returnable packing box service that allows you to return the storage containers when you’re done with moving. Many moving companies are now catching on that consumers want more eco-friendly solutions; you may find a mover who rents recycled plastic bins.
#2. Use Recycled Boxes
Sometimes plastic bins aren’t a reasonable solution, and there are no alternatives in your area. If you’re going to move with cardboard boxes, make sure they’re recycled. According to data published by Allstate, the typical American household uses 60 cardboard boxes to complete a move. It takes a half ton (1000 pound) tree to produce that much cardboard. Yikes! If that already doesn’t sound like a lot, consider that the average American moves 11 times and uses 660 cardboard boxes to do it — which works out to 5.5 tons of wood per person just for moving.
Look for ads for used moving boxes, ask your friends if they have any empty boxes at home, and choose boxes that are already made from recycled materials.
#3. Ditch the Plastic Wrap, Peanuts, and Foam
There are plenty of environmentally-friendly, biodegradable alternatives to harmful plastic packing materials and they’re just as effective. Instead of packing peanuts, which are usually made from a non-recyclable material called polystyrene, use old newspapers or starch-based peanuts which are fully biodegradable.
#4. Get a Truck that Runs on Bio-Fuel
The type of fuel used by your moving company plays a big role in determining how green they are. Biodiesel fuel is animal fat or vegetable oil-based diesel fuel, and it’s the first clean-burning and renewable replacement for diesel fuel in the United States. Many moving companies have converted their fleet to run on biodiesel fuel, and they are usually advertised as green or eco-friendly movers. Book your move through SF Moving Company – Cheap Movers San Francisco and ask about environmentally-friendly options.
#5. Donate Before Moving
While planning for a big move is the perfect time to get rid of the belongings you don’t need, tossing out your unwanted junk will only contribute to landfill waste.
Whenever possible, donate goods to charitable organizations like the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity. If you have a larger donation, the organization may even arrange to come to your house to pick it up. This is especially important when it comes to furniture, the least-recycled household item which accounts for about 9.8 million tons of waste in U.S. landfills.
#6. Recycle What You Can’t Donate
Recycling is about much more than cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, and soda cans in your recycling bin. Many items in your home can be recycled rather than trashed before your move, but some will require dropping off at a special recycling center. Before tossing, check your area for recycling programs that can accept:
- Electronics like computers and cords
- Paint cans
- Appliances like microwaves, refrigerators, and TVs
When I moved to California 5 years ago, I was shocked by the sheer amount of sunshine this beautiful state receives. As the moving company long distance crew was still unloading the moving truck from my Los Angeles interstate move, I was already contemplating how quickly I could get solar panels installed on my roof. In Maine, where I moved from, there are simply not enough days of sun to make solar panels practical. So, you can imagine my excitement when I moved to Cali and discovered its booming solar industry. Within a month of my relocation, my solar panels were installed and harnessing the sun’s energy to power my house. I couldn’t be happier with my decision! For those that are new to the area, here are five reasons why you should jump on the solar energy train after a move to the Golden State.
One of the main reasons why Californians switch from traditional sources of electricity to solar energy is to save money. Energy produced from the sun can provide you and your family with endless power, and it’s nice when you can pay less than what you’re used to due to a solar-powered home. You can even extend solar energy to different parts of your house, including lighting, water heating and cooling, and other different technologies. And since solar panels are low maintenance and can last up to 20-30 years without needing inspection, you can save a lot of money on repairs as well.
California is a prime state for solar panel installations because many cities experience 200+ days of sunshine annually.
When you invest in solar energy, you’re also helping to create numerous jobs for your fellow Californians. The Solar Foundation has reported that employment in the solar industry has increased 12 times faster than the overall economy in 2015, and has continued to grow since. And to support the economy, provide for your community, and keep higher-paying jobs within the state, it’s best to transition to solar energy.
Installing solar panels on your roof may help lower your monthly energy bill, plus it’s sustainable, which means it’s better for the environment. A win-win for everyone!
Help the Environment
Making the switch to using solar-powered electricity is good for the environment as it’s naturally produced by the sun. Other sources of energy such as gasoline or coal can release harmful gasses that can both damage the atmosphere and contribute to the rising issue of global warming. Solar energy is a clean source of power and can benefit everyone on the planet. A basic solar panel system in a residential home can even eliminate up to four tons of gas emissions each year, which is the equivalent of you personally planting 100 trees every single year. And since solar energy isn’t obtained by drilling, digging or mining, you also don’t have to worry about it running out after a certain number of years.
Increase Property Values
With more and more people transitioning to solar energy, homebuyers in California are quickly realizing that solar panels add tremendous value to a property. In fact, homes with integrated solar technology tend to sell quicker and at a higher price than homes without. And as the availability and use of solar panels continue to increase, the real estate market will follow suit and set higher prices for houses with solar panels. Even though you might have just moved to the area, it’s never too early to start thinking about building equity in one of the biggest investments you have: your home.
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