Help with Climate Change in 2024

It may seem given how large an issue climate change and global warming have become in recent years, that making an individual contribution to lower greenhouse gas emissions will make no difference. On the contrary, the more people who do little, the more it will help save the planet a lot. What follows is what you can do to help with climate change in 2024. 

Do an Energy Efficiency Check

Locate the areas around your home that might be using more power than necessary. Also, include inspections of places where you can save money such as adding insulation and replacing old energy-using appliances with energy efficient models. 

You might check with your local electric cooperative or local non-profit to see if they offer inspection services. An expert can help you discover ways to save on electricity that you may not see yourself. 

Change Out Light Bulbs

If you have any incandescent light bulbs still in use, replace them with compact fluorescent or LED lights which use a fraction of the energy. A single light bulb change will save up to 150 pounds of carbon emissions each year. That action not only has a positive effect on global warming, but it will also put more money in your wallet as well thanks to lower electric bills.  

Wash Clothes in Cold Water 

It takes considerable energy to heat the water in your water heater. By using less hot water for your laundry, combined with taking shorter showers you could lower the release of carbon dioxide by up to 500 pounds. If you enjoy hot showers, then try washing more of your laundry in cold water. That small action will help reduce climate change. 

Flip the Switch to Off

If you have electronic devices that are not in use, such as computers, TVs, DVD players, stereos, and the like, be sure that they are shut off. An active electronic device is costing you money and creating a considerable amount of carbon dioxide every year through its energy use.

Go around your home and shut off any devices that you are currently not using.

Reset Your Thermostat

If you move your thermostat just two degrees down in the winter and up two degrees more in the summer, you might save upwards of 2,000 pounds of carbon emissions every year. Plus, just like with changing your light bulbs, you can fight climate change and save on your energy bills, too. 

Use Public Transportation When Possible

If you live near a bus stop, train station, or other location that provides public transportation, use it as part of your daily commute or whenever you can. Plus, if you can safely ride a bike instead of driving your vehicle, that is a great way to save on carbon emissions. 

For those who must drive, try to combine different trips into one. That will reduce the driving time and help save on carbon emissions as well. 

Such actions to address climate change may seem small, but their effects build every day. And with more people acting, global warming can be addressed by everyone with the benefit of saving more money as well. 

Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Hidden Health Hazards in the Home

There are many hazards in your home that can be seen. However, many hazards in the home are not visible to the naked eye. It is this type of unseen hazard that is the most dangerous. They can be present in the home for years and can cause damage to you and your family. You can increase awareness of these potential dangers by understanding what to look for.

Most Common Health Hazards

Cleaning Products: Traditional cleaning products made from ammonia or bleach have been linked to respiratory issues. Absorbing such products through the skin may lead to nerve damage. It is imperative to use caution with these products. Only use chemical-based products in a well-ventilated area while wearing gloves and a ventilation mask. Alternative products such as baking soda, white vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide do not pose a threat to health.

Solvents & Paints: Inhaling the fumes from paint and solvents may cause many respiratory conditions and can contribute to cardiovascular issues. This is because many solvents and paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that leak into the indoor air. This can occur for years even after the paint has dried.

Pesticides: The danger of using pesticides is considerable as exposure may lead to short-term health issues. At first, the symptoms may include headaches or nausea. Long-term exposure has been linked to damage to the central nervous system, reproductive system, and even the development of cancer.

Clothing: It may seem odd, but older clothing contains chemicals that may cause harm to the respiratory system. These chemicals are usually fire-retardants or water-repellents which are no longer being used. It is wiser to purchase clothing made from all-natural materials such as cotton. Do not use mothballs because they contain a toxin that damages the lungs.

It is best to call a professional service that can identify these hazards if you are concerned about the safety of your home.

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

Getting in touch with the professionals at Brickley Environmental can bring peace of mind. We can explain our services, answer your questions, and inspect your home at your convenience. Do not take chances with potential hazards that threaten you and your family.  Get in touch with Brickley Environmental today.