April 22 is Earth Day; why not celebrate all year long by making your home and lifestyle environmentally friendly? Putting together a sustainability plan for your home doesn’t have to be a big chore. In fact, some minor lifestyle and eco-friendly changes around the home can have a major impact on the environment.
To help, here’s a list of how you could have a lasting impact on the environment and maybe even save some money.
• Set up bins according to the materials your municipality accepts for recyclables.
• Don’t dispose of hazardous waste like electronics, batteries, and light bulbs in the garbage. Instead, contact your municipality to learn how to dispose these items.
• Take shorter showers
• Mount a low-flow showerhead
• Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden
• Collect rainwater in a water barrel to water your yard
REDUCE ENERGY USAGE
• Set the thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs
• Install compact fluorescent when old incandescent bulbs burn out
• Wash clothing in cold water
• Use a drying rack or clothesline to save energy
REUSE & REPURPOSE
• Repurpose items you already own
• Check online sites (such as kijiji.com), garage sales, consignment shops and/or thrift stores for gently used items When creating a sustainability plan, you may decide it’s time to invest in some other home improvements. MCAP’s Home Account® and Home Account Plus lines of credit can help create an energy-smart home by providing you with funds to make your house as energy efficient as possible.
Contact a broker at www.mcap.com/findabroker to see if there’s an MCAP product that is right for you.