Many people are taking steps to “go green” by recycling cans, bottles, and paper. However, there are other eco-friendly practices that anyone can implement. In fact, people can be more eco-friendly all year by incorporating seasonal green tips into their lifestyles. Follow the tips below to enjoy typical summertime fun while minimizing environmental impact.
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Step 1: Look for local activities that are low-impact from an environmental perspective. Have a picnic at the local park, hike in the woods, go to the beach, or attend the zoo or a ballgame. If you do not want to leave home, read a book on the deck or patio.
Step 2: Limit air conditioning use by turning up the thermostat a few degrees and opening windows or using ceiling fans instead whenever possible. This reduces energy use and saves you money while keeping you cool.
Step 3: Grilling uses less energy and keeps the kitchen cool so head outside to grill some summer meals. Propane burns cleaner than charcoal briquettes or wood. If you have a charcoal grill, use natural charcoal, which is much cleaner than traditional briquettes. Clean the grill as recommended, using an organic cleaner that does not leave a chemical residue.
Step 4: When shopping for food to grill, buy locally from farm markets and local butchers. Locally sourced foods do not require as much fossil fuel for transportation, reducing the level of air pollution and depletion of resources.
Step 5: Use reusable plates, drinkware, and utensils rather than the disposable kind. If china and glass are too much of a risk, choose plastic dining sets that will not break if dropped. When there is no alternative but disposable items, look for those that are compostable.
Step 6: Limit water consumption by installing a low-flow showerhead and watering plants and grass only when necessary.
Step 7: Use natural methods like planting rosemary or spraying the garden with concentrated garlic extract to deter mosquitoes.