Fall Is a Great Time to Go Green

September 30, 2016 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

gettyimages-533350470Depending where you live, fall means changing weather, colder nights and falling leaves. Make your life a little more green and reduce your carbon footprint with these ideas.

  • Clean up the leaves in your yard with a rake versus using a leaf blower to save energy. Consider reusing the leaves as mulch for your plants or compost them to enrich your soil.
  • Turn down the thermostat and keep it at 68 degrees. This temperature allows your heating system to operate the most efficiently and can reduce the amount of energy used to warm your home and your carbon footprint. Resist turning the thermostat up and layer up with a sweater or snuggle up in a blanket.
  • Bring your plants inside if they can’t survive the harsh outdoor weather. As an added bonus, plants can help freshen the air in your home.
  • Plant some bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in October or November, to give the flowers enough time to take root and bloom come springtime.
  • Donate old clothes from the summer season instead of packing them away if there is anything you don’t actually wear. Go through what fall and winter clothes you already have before buying new items.
  • Practice green cleaning with eco-friendly cleaners or by making your own cleaning supplies, using ingredients such as lemons, vinegar and baking soda.

Source: 7 Ways to Go Green this Fall. Oct. 13, 2014. SaveOnEnergy.com.

Entry filed under: Going Green.

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