There is enormous pressure on municipalities to provide infrastructure services to citizens while keeping taxes in check. Homeowners can play an important role in helping. One of the best ways to help keep utility and service costs down is to make simple changes to your regular habits in order to ease the stress points that make some systems overburdened. For example, consider the following:
- Keep fat, grease and microbeads out of household drain systems that feed municipal sewage pipes.
- Use a household filtering system to replace plastic water bottles, or at least recycle them to minimize landfill waste.
- Compost food scraps and vegetable waste, which can account for a large portion of trash volume. Alternatively, organize a compost program to contribute to local gardens.
- Sell or donate items such as clothing or books, rather than throwing them out.