Whether it’s for a new job, marriage or new adventures, the average American hires a moving company 11 times in his or her lifetime according to the U.S. Census Bureau . Moving is a new beginning, full of hopes and aspirations. However, every time you move you consume resources and make an environmental impact. Read on to find out how you can maximize your next big move by minimizing your move carbon footprint.
The majority of Americans aren’t moving too far when relocating confirms the U.S. Census. Naturally, short distances affect the environment much less than longer, cross-country moves. Here we calculate the amount of gas your move will consume and carbon dioxide emissions your move will create.
The majority of movers relocate within 50 miles of their last residence. Only about a quarter of movers make the long, cross-country trek, which is good news for the environment. New York City dwellers alone are responsible for over 4 million tons of CO, a year, an equivalent of 110,819 18 wheeler trucks packed to the legal limit. Also, choosing the right moving supplies can make the difference between an average move and an environmentally conscious one.
The way you choose to transport your belongings will also determine how sustainable your move will be. Picking the right shipping method, truck, fuel and route can make a noticeably smaller footprint. Be sure to check out what options your moving company’s options. Fuel your moving truck or van with biodiesel. The majority of moving trucks have the ability to run with both diesel and biodiesel fuel. Across the U.S., there are currently over 800 biodiesel fueling stations.
There is a greener way to ship your car. Choosing a train transport instead of truck can reduce the mark your move leaves on the environment. On average, trains are four times more fuel efficient than trucks. Moving cars in bulk by train instead of truck can reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12 million tons. This is the equivalent of taking 2 million cars off the road or planting 280 million trees.
For starters you want to find your local recycling center by visiting earth911. Prepare the cardboard for recycling by removing any other materials such as plastic wrap, polystyrene peanuts and other packing materials. You also want to make sure that you break down your cardboard boxes to save storage space. Try to keep cardboard dry and free from food waste. Cardboard can get wet and still be recycled, but it’s more difficult to carry due to the added water weight.
The Environmental Protection Agency says if we recycled all of the cell phones retired each year, we would save enough energy to power 18,500 homes a year so be sure to recycle any cell phones that you may not be using. Another fun fact is that if every U.S. family replaced one regular light bulb with a CFL, it would eliminate 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, the same as taking 7.5 million cars off the road so make sure you’re using the right light bulbs in your new home.