Three Green Living Tips For The Busy Dallas Citizen

Published: Wed 15 Jul 2015
A blog entry by Olivia Mak

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Olivia Mak
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Dallas, Texas is a city that wants to be green.  The city has a variety of solar energy projects, green living initiatives, and other efforts on the books to help make Dallas one of the greenest cities on the planet. When you have a city that’s trying hard to go green, it’s only natural that its citizens are going to want to do whatever they can to live greener lifestyles.  Some people have avoided following eco-friendly living tips because they assume that they’ll have to cut out some of their favorite things.  For example, if you hire Dallas maids to take care of your home once a week, you don’t have to stop the services. Many cleaning companies use environmentally friendly cleaning products and techniques so all you have to do is ask!  If you want to try to live the eco-friendly life, follow these simple tips.  They’re small, but it’ll help bring about big changes!

 

Lower your HVAC system during the day

Dallas heat is different from any other heat in America.  It’s hot, it can be sticky, and people simply need their HVAC units to stay comfortable.  If you want to be greener and save money on your HVAC costs, raise your AC during the day in the summer, and lower your HVAC system in the winter.  You’re at work for 8 hours during the weekdays, and your kids are in school.  You’re essentially keeping your house cool or warm for nobody, so by changing the temperature a few degrees you’re saving resources and money.

 

Use local plants in your garden

You love to garden, and you have the greenest thumb in the neighborhood.  You may feel like you have to stop gardening if you want to go green, but you don’t!  Simply stick to planting fruits, flowers, vegetables, and other plants that are native to Texas if you want to have an environmentally friendly garden.  Foreign plants may look pretty, but they don’t thrive in the environment.  They’ll need more fertilizer, more pesticides, and more water.  Local plant life can withstand the climate, and you won’t need to spend as much time or money caring for them.

 

Be conscious of your water usage

If you live in Dallas, you don’t need to be told how important water is to people in the state of Texas.  A lot of areas are experiencing a water shortage, or are very concerned about the security of their water in the future.  Water is a precious resource that we all need, and keeping your water usage down is one of the easiest ways to lead a more environmentally friendly life.  Try to keep your showers short, and try not to leave the water running when you do chores.