There are countless ways to make our homes more environmentally friendly. Ways such as installing solar panels on our roofs, using Energy Star appliances, making sure the home is properly insulated.
But what about the move that gets us to that home?
It turns out there are a few things we can do there, too. Here are 10 of them!
- Plan your green move. If you don’t, there’s a chance that what started as an idea with the best intentions can become a nuisance you toss aside if you try to achieve both a “green” move and a “red alert, I’m out of time!” move.
- Share with the friends and family members kind enough to help you move that your goal is to do so in as environmentally conscious a way as is possible. They’ll be able to help spot, and correct, potential waste.
- Divest yourself of belongings you no longer need or want. If it doesn’t go with you on the move, that’s a savings of space which can lead to savings on gas.
- Make sure you dispose of anything you’re not keeping in as green a fashion as possible. Sell it (at a garage sale or on eBay), donate it (to a local non-profit), or take it to the local recycling center.
- Use moving boxes and other necessary materials that are made from recycled material. You might be pleasantly surprised by how much is available to you.
- Pay attention to how many moving supplies you buy, though. You may not know it, but you’re already surrounded by excellent packing material: shirts with which to wrap delicate items, rubber bands to gather together electrical cords, towels and/or blankets to wrap around framed artwork, pairs of socks to help fill gaps in boxes.
- Route intelligently. Did you know that UPS drivers avoid or greatly minimize left turns because such turns often require idling until oncoming traffic clears? Idling like that wastes gas and is not good for the environment, (How much gas can it save? For a company the size of UPS, think “millions of gallons per year.”) For similar reasons, avoid road work and school zones during the start or end of the school day. Better yet, hire movers. They understand efficiency … and you won’t risk throwing out your back moving that big couch!
- Keep boxes clear of supply vents (those are the ones that deliver your warm air in winter and cool air in summer) as you pack (at your former place) and unpack (at your new place). Restricting their flow requires your HVAC system to work as much as 25 percent harder.
- Clean your former place (if it’s especially dirty or you have a rental agreement that requires it) and your new place with environmentally friendly cleaning agents. (Even if the new place looks clean, you can’t be sure all of the germs and cooties are gone until you do so. ;),
- Do not squander your efforts to move in an environmentally friendly way only to waste that effort at your new home. As you unpack and arrange furniture, think about future access to outlets (to make it easier to unplug devices that are not in use), natural light (so your favorite reading chair isn’t tucked into a dark corner that will require a reading lamp 100% of the time), the aforementioned supply vents are clear, and similar tactics.
It’s been said that buildings don’t use energy: people do. What this means is that we can all play a role in decreasing our collective energy consumption and being environmentally friendly. And that goes for the moves we make, too.
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