by Nancy LaFever

Many people are trying to be more environmentally conscious, making an effort to recycle, use less energy and be more aware of consumption habits in general. If you’re doing your part to have less effect on the environment, you may not want to hear that moving has a huge impact in relation to CO2 emissions.

So what can you do to reduce your move carbon footprint? Here are some ideas to make a considerable difference in your move’s environmental impact.

Watch Fuel Efficiency
Since fuel is a leading emissions villain, try to get the most efficient use of your vehicle.

  • Make fewer trips. When you’re out running moving-related errands, try to consolidate your trips to save gas.
  • Keep tires inflated. Underinflated tires waste energy. With the factory-suggested correct inflation, you can get as much as a 3 percent increase in fuel economy.
  • Ask your movers. If you’re shopping for movers, find out if they have any green plans. Some movers are using biodiesel fuels to save energy and reduce emissions.

Use Earth-Friendly Packing Materials
The materials used in moving and packing are usually not green. Here are some materials to avoid and effective alternatives.

  • Boxes: You shouldn’t buy boxes with so many free sources available. Check Freecycle, local stores or your office for free boxes. Recycle them after the move. Look for providers of re-useable plastic moving boxes, such as Zippgo.
  • Styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap: This stuff doesn’t decompose and is choking landfills. Instead, put air-popped popcorn in plastic bags. Use shredded paper from your paper shredder to add padding to boxes, then recycle the shredded paper after unpacking.

Recycle Your Stuff
When you’re packing to move, don’t just throw away things you don’t want.

  • Donate using a charity donation list. Give your unwanted household goods, furniture, equipment and clothing to the needy rather than sending these items to landfills or paying to move them to your new home. Using a charity donation list helps you keep track of charitable giving for tax deductions. Make sure all donated items are in good condition.
  • Recycle electronics. Some computer stores run recycling programs. See if they’ll take your old equipment. The EPA has a list of places that recycle electronics.

Save Energy in Your New Home
If you’re buying new appliances for your new home, try to find brands that have energy-efficient features. Refrigerators are the worst offender. They’re energy hogs; older ones are the real culprits. Invest in a green lifestyle and look for the ENERGY STAR logo on all appliances and electronics. Vow to be more vigilant about the footprint you and your new home are leaving.

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