No matter your opinion about the environment, most people can get on board with the principles of sustainability. Creating less waste and embracing products and technologies that are gentler on our environment can result in a smaller carbon footprint and, in some cases, serious savings. We will take you through all the ways — from the small to the large — that you can use sustainable technology to benefit your life and help the environment.
Starting with the small things
Your first foray into sustainable technology does not have to be huge. You can start with a few small objects around your house. An easy DIY project is changing out all your shower and faucet heads with low-flow and efficient replacements. These fixtures will save you money on your water bill. Your water or power company may even offer free or discounted products.
Lights and outlets can be improved with efficient LEDs. These bulbs can last up to 50,000 hours, and use fewer resources, energy, and materials. Smart lights and outlets can also keep your lights dim or automatically turn them off, saving serious energy. Your switch to sustainable technology does not have to feature titanic shifts.
Sustainable machines and appliances
Once you have taken care of the small things, there are plenty of other ways to improve your energy footprint with sustainable machines and appliances.
When it comes to finding a new appliance or product, Energy Star is a great resource. They have listings of products that are compliant with their voluntary energy efficiency standards, as well as helpful guides for conserving energy. For uses outside the home and for business, many manufacturers will provide specifications for their products so you can get an idea of how much energy a machine or appliance might require, as well as whether a more efficient or sustainable option is available.
Power and energy sources
So far we have been talking about things that consume power. But what about power producers?
We are huge fans of solar power, so much so that we use it to power part of our facility. Solar panels are becoming more affordable and many companies offer low-cost leases if you cannot buy panels outright. You also do not need to go fully solar. A few panels can go a long way toward furthering your mission of sustainability.
Other sustainable sources of energy, like wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal provide great alternatives to fossil fuels. And while it is hard to set something like that up at home, many power companies give customers the opportunity to opt in to programs that use sustainable energy. It is worth exploring to see if your company provides it.
At Mercer Foods, we take sustainability just as seriously as we take freeze-drying. You can find out more about our sustainability mission on our website, and you can ask questions or leave comments on Twitter or Facebook.