It is easy to plan and arrange for a move and hire a moving company while assuming the movers are responsible for making your move a green move. There are, however, many decisions, materials, supplies, and activities the moving company does not control. A green move begins long before a moving company is hired and it ends quite some time after the movers have left your new residence. In short, green moving begins and ends with you.
Green moving actually begins the moment the decision is made to move to a new home. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, you can immediately start making green moving decisions. Here are some examples of ways you can make eco-friendly choices about your move.
– Don’t take two cars when a Realtor takes you to look at houses. Ride together, and use the most fuel-efficient vehicle available.
– Choose to live in an eco-friendly area and seek out an energy-efficient home.
– Arrange with your Realtor to check the thermostat when the residence becomes empty to ensure that the heating/cooling system is either turned off or set at the lowest or highest possible temperature.
– Check for any leaks, drips or slow-working plumbing fixtures when you inspect your new home. Add to your purchase contract a stipulation that these must be repaired before you take possession of the home.
– Choose a green moving company; use eco-friendly moving and packing materials and supplies.
– Lighten and reduce the possessions you will move to your new residence. Make decisions about furnishings before the move. Get rid of things you don’t want before the move. Have any new furniture or other items delivered to the new residence the day after you move in (not to your current home).
– Use linens, clothing, rugs, pillows, etc. for packing materials instead of paper.
– Use environmentally-friendly products to clean the new residence before you move in.
– If you plan to upgrade any appliances or fixtures with more efficient items, do this between closing and moving in. This will make the work easier, it will save energy, and it will save money.
– Properly dispose of any chemicals, paint, cleaning products, or lawn and garden products.
– Properly dispose of any home electronics you do not plan to use in your new home.
– For a long-distance move, consider either shipping your possessions by train or discuss with your moving company the option of either loading your car (or a second car) into the back of the moving van or having it towed by the movers.
– Recycle all moving and packing materials or return them to the mover so they can be used by someone else.
– Clean the home you are leaving with eco-friendly products.
– Leave notes behind for the new residents about energy-efficient features of your current home or other things you have learned about reducing energy consumption in the home. Ask for the same from the previous residents of the home to which you are moving.
Following these tips will help you achieve a thoroughly green move. As these tips indicate, the decisions that will green up your move begin and end with you. When the move is over, in addition to the exhaustion you will probably feel, there will be a great feeling from knowing that you have done everything you could to ensure a green move.