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5 Green New Year’s Resolutions
Dec24

5 Green New Year’s Resolutions

What New Year’s resolutions did you keep from last year?  Do you remember what they were? I’ll be the first to admit that I’m now resolving to keep my resolutions. With a population exceeding 7 billion, we understand the importance of making a positive impact on our environment. What can you actually do to go green in 2014? Below are 5 easy things you can do to live more sustainably this year. 1.  Make your home energy efficient Resolutions are often difficult to track because they’re based on intangible adjectives like green, sustainable, or eco-friendly. Thankfully, your electric bill provides a quantitative report on your energy consumption (kWh), allowing you to track your progress every month. Want to shave off 20% by the time 2015 rolls around?  … 30%? Set numeric energy goals monthly (or annually) and stick to your resolution.  You’ll save money in the process. How to make your goal long-term and sustainable: Change your incandescent lighting to LED Lighting Use a programmable thermostat Figure out which products are costing you the most on your bill with a Kill A Watt energy meter Request a free quote for a solar system 2.  Reduce Waste:  PREcycling  >  recycling Don’t get me wrong- recycling is important, but it’s often a reaction to the problem. For example, there would be no need to recycle those plastic water bottles if you didn’t use purchase them in the first place. Reduce, reuse, recycle is the new motto to live by.  Precycling is a proactive solution that reduces or prevents recycling. This rule extends pretty far- avoid consuming products that you don’t need.  Of course, this is easier said than done.  Keep in mind that most of your carbon footprint is produced indirectly, meaning it’s embedded in the products you use daily. Some easy ways to start precycling: Use refillable water containers & a tap water filtering solution Buy in bulk & avoid single-serving packaging whenever possible Bring your reusable shopping bags to the store Use electronics for reading & opt for online billing Email > SnailMail Clean with cotton cloths instead of paper towels 3. Reuse & Repurpose You know that feeling when find a good deal on something?   It’s like that, but better.  Particularly if it’s free. Reusing or repurposing old items can be exciting, especially if you transform an everyday item into something it wasn’t originally intended for.   Coffee mugs become flower pots, ash-trays hold your guitar picks, toilet paper rolls turn into wire storage devices, and cigar boxes become jewelry boxes. Make use of Craigslist (particularly the free section), garage sales, and thrift stores. How to start repurposing and...

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