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Easy Tips for a Green Summer

May 27, 2016
Diane Hoffmaster

Easy tips for a Green Summer 

Spring is flying by and the temperatures are heating up. In a few weeks, summer will officially be here, giving us lots of ways to live greener during this warm and wonderful season. Whether you live in the sometimes cool north, or the hot and steamy south, consider your carbon footprint as you work, play and travel this summer. Here are a few easy ways to get started.

Keep your house cool without running the air conditioner: Plan simple meals that don't require a hot oven, and keep those curtains closed to block out the summer sun. You will save quite a bit of money when you use your air conditioner less often.

Plan eco-conscious travel: Whether you choose to go camping in a natural park or sightseeing in an exotic city, try to be aware of your carbon footprint while traveling. Bring a reusable water bottle, and recycle your cans whenever possible. Get a checkup on your car to make sure it is running in peak condition, and pack a cooler for lunch breaks instead of hitting fast food restaurants.  

Use water sparingly and efficiently: The summer heat has our lawns and landscaping thirsty for water. Make sure to do your watering first thing in the morning before the sun comes out to evaporate it all before it can soak into the ground. Water the roots of your trees and landscaping plants rather than the leaves, and invest in a soaker hose for even greater efficiency.

Support your local farmers: Buying locally-sourced fruits and vegetables is much easier (and tastier!) during the summer. Check out your local farmer's markets and Community Supported Agriculture programs to find locally sourced foods with a smaller carbon footprint.

Start planting: Growing your own food in your backyard is a great way to go green. If you don't want to tackle a whole garden, consider just a few simple fruits or vegetables in pots on your patio or windowsill. Planting flowers and doing other landscaping that attracts pollinators is a great way to help the environment.

Involve your kids: Get your kids on board with your green living plan. Start saving your recyclables for upcycled art projects that will get their creative juices flowing. Take a nature walk with them instead of watching TV. There are a lot of ecofriendly activities for kids that will help them understand our need for a lighter carbon footprint.  

Do you have any other eco-friendly summer tips?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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