In honor of Earth Day, have you thought about how to reduce your carbon footprint at your spa? Here are 10 tips from Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty (cotap.org) to help you get started in going more eco-friendly in your daily life and at the workplace.
1. Take an alternative to driving.
When possible, walk or ride your bike in order to avoid carbon emissions completely. Carpooling and public transportation drastically reduce CO2 emissions by spreading them out over many riders.
2. Take fewer, longer vacations.
Take fewer and longer vacations that are far away, and more frequent and driveable “staycations” closer to home.
3. Insulate and seal your spa.
Reduce drafts and air leaks with caulk, insulation and weather stripping. Many states offer programs and incentives to facilitate this, and a great example is Energy Upgrade California.
4. Use energy efficient appliances.
Make energy efficiency a primary consideration when choosing a new furnace, air conditioning unit or refrigerator for your spa. Products bearing the ENERGY STAR label are recognized for having superior efficiency.
5. Be eco-friendly about lighting.
Turn off lights you’re not using them and when you leave the room. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact flourescent or LED ones.
6. Regulate the thermostat.
Don’t set it too high or low. Install a programmable model to turn off the heat/air conditioning when you’re not in a treatment room.
7. Go solar.
Add solar panels to the roof of your spa. This costs a little more than the above options, but many providers offer financing options which minimize upfront costs. Two examples are SolarCity and SunRun. If you live in a state with a Net Metering law, you could eliminate your electricity bill or even earn money by selling electricity back to the grid.
8. Eat locally produced and organic food.
Transporting food requires petroleum-based fuels, and many fertilizers are also fossil fuel-based.
9. Lower water usage.
Lower the amount of energy used to pump, treat and heat water. Making water-efficient choices when purchasing shower heads, faucet heads, toilets and washing machines.
10. Reuse and recycle.
By buying used products and reselling or recycling items you no longer use, you dramatically reduce your carbon footprint from the “provision of goods.”
These are just a few tips to help you get started in being more eco. Read more tips here.
Source: Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty (COTAP).