Posted:
03/10/14

Going Green- You can do it!

Going green is more than just a popular thing to do- it’s the right thing to do!  It can feel daunting, but even small changes can make a huge impact on our environment. For people new to the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mentality, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are lots of ways to “Go Green”, including scrap metal recycling. See below for some ideas and places to start. You may be surprised to find how just a few simple  changes in your life can help the environment.

Saving energy

 light bulb2Energy and gas bills often comprise a huge portion of our monthly bills. After this cold winter we all know the cost of heating the home we live in can be a lot!  Luckily, there are ways to cut down on the costs and have a more positive influence on the environment. Start out by:

  • Lowering your thermostat just a couple of degrees in the winter and raise it in the summer. You most likely won’t be able to feel this small change comfort wise, but it will make a significant difference on your monthly bills. Try it out for a month to see just what the change will be.
  • When your old light bulbs go out this time around, don’t invest in the same energy guzzling models you have been using, but instead switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. These may be initially more expensive, but will use less energy, saving you money over time.
  • Unplug your appliances when they aren’t in use. Even if they are turned off, things that are plugged in can still be sucking energy. Do this with the TV, cell phone charger, curling iron, and anything else that doesn’t need to be constantly plugged in.

By making these small changes in your daily life, you can go green, saving both the environment and your wallet. These aren’t the only changes you can make to have a positive influence.

Recycling

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For years recycling has become a symbol of going green. There are many different ways you can recycle in your home or at work that will have a positive influence on the environment. Take a look at some of these options and find how they can be incorporated into your routine:

  • If you receive junk mail, opt out for electronic options. This can be done with newspapers, catalogs, or even bills. Not only will this reduce the clutter of your home, but give you a chance to stop waste before it is even produced.
  • Educate yourself on what can be recycled.  This includes metal like aluminum cans and copper pipe. Most paper, plastic and glass household items can also be recycled. Make sure to recycle only those items that can be recycled, and to put them in their proper place.
  • If you have larger items around your home and yard that contain metal you know can be recycled but you no longer have use for, bring them in to Montgomery Scrap. From your old junk car, to items from your bathroom and kitchen remodel, we can make sure that your scrap is recycled the green way, and you’ll make extra cash.