There are lots of things each resident can do right at home to contribute to creating a sustainable community. New programs and products are becoming available that will help each of us lighten our impact on the environment.
Curbside service is available week with your regular trash pick up. Recycling extends the life of our landfill and lessens the need to continually create new packaging out of raw materials that come from mines (aluminum cans) and petroleum products (plastics). Contact Republic Services to obtain the colored recycling bins and visit their website for more information. To recycle hard to handle items like grocery bags and electronics, check out this website.
Apartment and Condominium Communities
Some companies are beginning to offer multi-family housing recycling services. If you are interested in recycling where you live, contact your building manager to explore your opportunities.
Ask for a Home Energy Audit
Want to cut your energy bills down? One of the best ways to identify measures to reduce your energy is through a comprehensive whole-house evaluation. Trained inspectors can identify areas for improvement and recommend cost-effective options to save you money. For more information, visit Home Free Nevada.
Install Energy Saving Products
Programmable thermostats and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) have become widely available and can drastically reduce home energy consumption. Find out about these and other energy saving products at the Energy Star website.
Use the Sun to Your Advantage
The sun plays a prominent role in the climate of Southern Nevada. High tech insulation, solar screens for windows, and shade trees in your yard can help reduce energy costs for air conditioning at peak times in the summer. You can also harness the sunís energy by placing solar panels and pool heaters on the roof of your home.