Going Green

3 Tips for Living Green When the Weather’s Warm

To live greener, be sure to bring your own refillable water bottle when out and about.
May 2017
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As the weather changes, so does our lifestyle. From grilling to gardening, we’re ready to shake off winter and jump into warm-weather fun. But what about the impact these activities have on the planet? With just a few habit changes, you can limit your environmental impact by reducing waste and energy use in the spring and summer months.

To prep for the warmer months, here are some easy tips to make your spring and summer a little more eco-friendly:

• Go easy on the AC: Did you know air conditioning accounts for nearly 20 percent of electricity consumption in American homes? To reduce your system’s carbon footprint, program your AC to reduce output during the day, and increase the set temperature by a few degrees. You’ll save money on your energy bills, too.

• Bring your own water bottle: As the weather starts heating up, staying hydrated is more important than ever. Unfortunately, bottled water is a major contributor to landfill waste; Americans throw away more than 60 million plastic water bottles each day. To live greener, be sure to bring your own refillable water bottle.

• Trade out your charcoal: Barbecues are a favorite warm-weather tradition for many, but most grilling charcoal emits high levels of carbon dioxide when burned. To reduce carbon emissions, swap out your charcoal grill for cleaner-burning propane option. Their carbon footprint is about one-third of standard charcoal.

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