Tips To Stay “Green” In The Winter

Go Green for the Environment

While the elements outside have shifted from their summer green to the browns of winter hibernation, it is important to keep in mind that you can still remain “green” in your own home during the winter months. With cold temperatures, it can be difficult to remember that global warming does not stop just because the sun is not beaming down the hot rays of summer. There are a variety of simple steps you can take to do your part to remain eco-friendly all year round.

 

An early childhood song comes to mind for making a change that will not cost you any money, “Let the sun shine in”. If the sun is shining brightly, open the curtains. Allowing the sun’s rays in will provide two great benefits, light and warmth! In addition, make sure your windows and doors have good seals on them, so none of the heat in your home is escaping through them. If you are concerned, place window film, which is clear and easy to mount, over any leaking area. In an instant you will save on your heating bill, because the heated air will no longer be escaping outside. So let the sun provide natural light and lower your monthly bill at the same time.

 

Another very low cost and easy way to save energy is to replace your old light bulbs with fluorescent or LEDs. Typically, there is more time spent indoors and there are less hours of sunlight in the winter. Switching to light bulbs that last longer and conserve more energy while in use will also contribute to a lower monthly electric bill.

 

An on-going theme to making green efforts in the colder months is to keep the heat down, while maintaining a comfortable warm temperature in your home. Lowering the temperature of the heat by a few degrees will make a big difference in lowering your energy consumption. It’s time to go into your closet and pull out those oversized sweaters, comfy slippers and extra blankets to keep warm while spending time in your home. Grab a loved one and snuggle up on the sofa together!

 

If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow and ice, you should know that the standard rock salt mixtures are a hazard to your grass, landscape plants and could potentially contaminate your water supply. Instead, consider using sand as a natural preventative. It will not melt ice, but it will provide the safety of traction without any of the contamination.

 

The holiday season is also a time of year that produces a substantial amount of waste. When out shopping, consider not taking that paper or plastic bag if your purchase is small enough to carry or too big to fit in a bag. After all the gifts are unwrapped, do not place the wrapping paper in the trash, but instead set aside for recycling. Did you know that approximately 33 million live Christmas trees are sold in North America every year? Instead of setting the tree out for garbage pick-up, contact your community solid waste department and find out if they offer to mulch the trees.

 

Any small step you take to ensure your winter white is eco-green is a step in the right direction.

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