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Sustainable Tips Just in Time for Earth Day

With Earth Day 2015 now here, we’re all thinking about our environmental footprint. While it’s important that we all do our best to stay green in our daily lives, the organizations that we are a part of can be much more impactful just by making a few easy adjustments.

In conjunction with our tips from last year, below are more helpful suggestions that can turn your environment into a green sustainability machine!

Flip the Light Switch

Flip the Light Switch

Did you know that 44% of electricity use in office buildings comes from light alone? Turning off a light when you leave the room just might be the easiest and most effective thing that you can do.

Some lights have timers that will automatically shut them off, and these might be a cost-effective measure to implement. Also, keep an eye out for Energy Star labels on lightbulbs. If you aren’t using these, switching to them will save money on electricity and reduce your footprint by two thirds.

Posting reminders next to switches can be helpful too; remember that it’s a group effort!

Buy LED Light Bulbs

Buy LED Light Bulbs

Why use 60 watts for your everyday light bulb when the LED bulb only uses 10 to produce the same amount of light? LED bulbs have dropped in price over the years and can last up to 25 times longer than your traditional light bulbs. Also, LED bulbs can save you money (in some cases in excess of $100 or more) over their lifetime.

Be Smart At the Printer

Be Smart at the Printer

Save the trees by printing on both sides of the paper, and make sure to recycle all of your old ink cartridges. Ask yourself what could be stored online or shared in an email rather than a print out.

Recycle

Recycle

If your office break room doesn’t have a recycling bin, consider getting one. Recycling paper, glass, and metal is great for the environment, and easy to do.

Reduce & Reuse

Reduce and Reuse

Why waste money on paper towels when you can use reusable products, like a microfiber cleaning cloth? Not only do these nifty cleaning cloths save you money, they’re also an excellent multi-purpose cleaning tool to remove dirt & debris from your desk, computer, phone, sunglasses, inside your car, and more.

Buy a New Toilet That Uses 1.28 Gallons Per Flush Or Less

New Toilet

You can save a lot of gallons of clean drinking water per day just by switching from a toilet that uses 1.6 to 1.28 gallons per flush. Look for models with a Water Sense label as these are not only efficient, they also meet a variety of flushing performance requirements.

Avoid Pouring Anything Down Storm Drains

Avoid Storm Drains

Storm drains lead to the bay, and most sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants do not remove poisonous cleaners, which can make their way to our ocean putting animals in harm’s way. Click here for more information provided by the EPA on hazardous waste disposal tips.

Take Your Devices Off Their Chargers Once Fully Charged

Device Charger

Portable electronics such as wireless phones, headsets, cordless mice and keyboards that recharge should be taken off their charger when they are fully charged to save electricity and heat. While it may not amount to much in savings of electricity per device, this can add up if everyone partakes in this simple step.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the importance of things like recycling and turning off the lights, but it’s important that everybody pitches in. We hope you find this year’s tips beneficial to use at work, home, in school, and share them with your friends!

 Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.

10 Earth Day Tips to Practice Each Day

Earth Day is a special day as millions of people celebrate and promote sustainable best practices for a healthier planet.

Each year Mister Kleen participates in Earth Day events. At these events we’re able to educate occupants inside commercial and high security facilities of our sustainable cleaning practices and the impact on their overall health and well-being.

 

Though Earth Day only takes place once per year it can serve as a starting point for many people to make better choices in protecting our planet. After all, it’s the simple everyday changes that can result in healthier habits.

Below are ten tips you can incorporate each day to promote a healthier planet earth:

1) Take reusable bags to the grocery store or mall. If you happen to live near a Wegmans then stop by one of their locations on Saturday, April 26th from 11 am to 3 pm to exchange your plastic bag(s) for a free reusable bag they are giving away (first 300 customers).

 

2) Use a coffee mug instead of disposable cups. Places like Starbucks offer discounts when you bring in your own reusable mug.

 

3) Green your workout by going for a run, walk or bike ride on local trails and paths versus indoor equipment that uses a ton of power. Check out www.traillink.com to find local trails.

 

4) Use refillable plastic or aluminum water bottles to reduce your cost and toxic contribution to the local landfill.

 

5) Place living plants throughout your home and office to enhance the indoor air quality. Many plants act as a natural air scrubber. In 24 hours some plants can remove up to 87% of toxic indoor air.

 

6) Use water efficiently. While the earth appears to have an abundance of water only one percent of that water is available for human consumption.

Don’t run the dishwasher until it’s full, run a full laundry cycle, purchase water efficient fixtures and products, and fix those leaks!

 

7) Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Use products that reduce the number of chemicals being used, find ways to reuse products before throwing them away, and whatever you do recycle products that are recyclable!

 

8) Compost food scraps and kitchen waste. These items will decompose and return to the soil naturally, and it will also save you money on fertilizers.

 

9) Don’t top off your gas tank when refueling during hot weather. Wait until the early morning or evening when the weather is cooler to avoid any fuel spills that evaporate and add to air pollution.

 

10) Use public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike whenever possible to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs. If you are able to work from home versus commuting to an office then by all means do so as this will help reduce your carbon footprint.

 

While there are many more tips to share, this can be a good start to begin practicing a more sustainable lifestyle in 2014.

Happy Earth Day!

Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.