Harv’s 10 Tips For A Greener Environment
At Harv’s, we go the extra mile in doing our part to protect the environment. We have implemented policies and practices that minimize our water and energy usage, and all of our locations have been “green certified” by their respective city agencies. Here are a few helpful environmental tips we would like to share with you so we can all make a difference:
1. Hang up the hose!
The average driveway car wash uses a total of 116 gallons of water and releases harmful chemicals and contaminated runoff into your storm sewers. At Harv’s, we use nearly 60% less water, and we ensure that it is properly treated and disposed of appropriately. Hey, it’s a great reason to come see us!
Inflation (the good kind).
Maintaining proper tire inflation can increase the safety of your vehicle, improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Check you owner’s manual or vehicle placecard for recommended tire pressure. While you’re at it, lighten the load in the trunk which will also help inflate those MPGs.
Maintain and save.
Taking a proactive approach to vehicle maintenance not only saves you money in the long run, it helps control emissions and provides a safe and reliable car to drive.
Adding just a couple of ‘green’ behaviors into your lifestyle will make a big difference. Buying recycled products, using less paper waste and conserving energy are just a few of the steps you can take to protect our environment. At Harv’s, we use recyclable products; we recycle at all of our facilities; and we have completed the necessary renovations to maximize energy conservation.
Landscape with drought tolerant plants.
Save up to 60 gallons per day, by choosing non-thirsty plants to help keep your water bills down, plus they are much easier to maintain. And don’t forget to adjust your sprinklers to ensure you are watering the lawn, not the sidewalk or street. Lastly, watering wisely means watering before sunrise in order to prevent evaporation.
Our nation uses over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline. Most of the products we use today are recyclable. Aluminum cans, newspapers, plastic, glass bottles, and yard clippings are just a few of the big ones. When you come to Harv’s, look for our conveniently located “recycle bins” at all of our sites. We are doing our best to make it easier for you to join us in recycling.
Set your thermostat dial and turn up the energy savings.
When it’s hot, keep the A/C set at 78°F and during the cold months, set the heater to 68°F. These simple changes will save you up to 20% in heating and cooling costs! And try to use your major appliances wisely and during non-peak energy hours (after 7pm).
Be an energy star.
If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. At Harv’s we have installed compact fluorescent lights and light sensors on energy outlets to do our part.
Decrease your dependency.
Tired of rising fuel prices? More and more vehicles produced today utilize hybrid technology to conserve fuel and reduce emissions. Be sure to ask next time you are car shopping. Utilize pubic transportation, carpool and walk whenever possible.
Spread the word!
Don’t keep it a secret; share these helpful tips.