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20 Small Eco-Friendly Steps to Save Money Long Term

Posted by SEPCO

1/30/14 9:30 AM

business_(more)_eco_friendlyIn the current tough economic climate, people often leave environmental concerns by the wayside. Most directors don’t consider steps to turn eco-friendly as essential to the running of the company. Trimming costs often takes priority over anything else – however, what most don’t realise is that lowering expenses and turning eco-friendly are not mutually exclusive processes.

This is a misconception that is really costing our planet (and your bottom line). After you’ve read the following tips, taking the steps to turn your business into an eco-friendly powerhouse will seem like an absolute no brainer. These investments will not only help the environment, but you’ll be saving your business truckloads of money. Sure, some require an initial investment but over time you will make that money back multiple times over.

1. Minimize Printing
Try and instil a culture where printing is used as a last resort. Encourage your employees to communicate by email, send meeting notes as Word documents and send faxes online instead of using a dedicated fax machine.

2. Use Environmentally-Friendly Paper
Let’s face it; we can’t completely eradicate printing. If you still find yourself having to hit that Print button, make sure you’re using the right kind of paper. Don’t just look for a random recycling logo (it’s often just a gimmick), but instead opt for PCW paper as it’s guaranteed to be made with fully recycled materials.

3. Print Double-Sided Documents
Encourage your employees to utilize as much paper as possible before discarding into the garbage or recycling bin. This can reap many benefits in paper consumption and costs.

4. Use Biodegradable Soaps & Cleaners
Not only is this much better for the environment, but also for the general safety of your workers. Cleaning products that are more natural with minimal ingredients may also prove to be cheaper in costs as well.

5. Utilize Plants in Your Office Space
At a glance, this may seem like a visual aesthetic (which yes, it may help with), but in terms of health benefits, it may be advantageous. Plants carry natural pollen and allergenic absorbents that help workers breathe easier and become less sick, especially during allergy season.

6. Buy Energy Star Appliances
New appliances have placed energy consumption at the forefront, cutting down on environment impact. Invest in Energy Star appliances that will cut down your bills, even if they are a little expensive. Over time, it’s worth it.

7. Renewable Energy
While it is true that installations such as solar panels will require an initial outlay, you will save your company money over time. If you’re not in a place that gets a lot of sunlight, your options aren’t completely limited. You can also consider using wind power, for instance. It’s staggering just how efficient these systems can be.

8. Use LED or CFL Lights
While initially a little pricier, LED and CFL lights last much longer than your standard light bulb. Not only that, they use far less energy as well. Per bulb, you can save a staggering $200 over its lifetime. Even though you’ll be spending a significantly higher chunk right off the bat, it’s still a sound financial decision.

9. Turn off Lights & Electronics When Not Needed
A large portion of businesses are guilty of this one by leaving on lights and computers on a continuous basis, without thinking of the ramifications. Something as easy as turning off the light in a room not in use is a simple act that people tend to forget. Putting our computers to sleep (or completely shutting them off) at the end of each work day can also help us in saving up on energy bills.

10. Ensure Efficient Heating & Cooling For Office Space
This relates to the overall energy consumption of your office. Make sure that your building is up to code and is well-insulated during cold winters and/or hot summers. A well-insulated space ensures that you use less energy, saving an enormous amount on energy billing.

11. Consider an Energy Audit
Some managers consider energy audits to part of new-age mumbo jumbo, but they’re actually extremely beneficial. Consultants that work for these companies know exactly where businesses can make changes to save money and benefit the environment at the same time.

12. Conserve Water
Do your part in conveying to your employees the importance of water conservation. This can help with costs by restricting any over-usage. It is also a good idea to keep an eye out for any leaks and areas of your facility that don’t need water access; in which case you can consider turning the supply off for.

13. Carpooling
If most of your employees drive into the office using their own cars, there is a lot of room for improvement. Carpooling is also a good way for your staff members to get to know each other a bit better on the way to work.

14. Public Transportation & Bikes
Try and encourage people to use these alternative means of transportation. This can increase the reduction of your company’s carbon footprint and over time, save everyone money.

15. Use Green Web Hosting
Green web hosts are companies that take part in a plethora of green initiative, such as planting of trees, utilizing renewable energy sources, and implementing carbon offsets within their operations. These companies are capable of hosting your websites at the same costs (and sometimes less) than the majority of other companies that rely on fossil fuels.

16. Working from Home
If at all possible, have your employees work from home if their jobs involved mainly computer-based tasks. Not only does this increase productivity, but it can save operating costs to the company.

17. Online Queries
Directing your customers to fill out online forms for general questions and queries may help your team work more efficiently by dealing with less physical paper. Additionally, website pages that list frequently asked questions may also compliment this sort of approach.

18. Utilize Video Conferencing
With the growth of technology over the past several years, the use of video conferencing has skyrocketed due to its efficiency and reliability. Not only will you reduce the costs of flying your employees from place-to-place, but you’ll have peace of mind knowing that both money AND time was spared…. It is truly an efficient use of a web application for businesses worldwide.

19. Refurbishing Furniture
This is a great alternative to those looking to purchase new office furniture. Consider the possibility of re-purposing old chairs and tables if possible to tremendously cut costs, while at the same time giving your space a breath of fresh air.

20. Buy Used
If you do, in fact, decide to buy new office furniture, it might also be a great idea to try buy second-hand, via online classified ads. You would be saving a dramatic amount and at the same time re-cycling someone else’s things.

Final Word: One Step at a Time
Becoming an eco-friendly business from one day to the next is impossible, but that’s no reason to put it off ad infinitum. Simple steps can turn into massive savings over time and your environment will thank you.

About the Author: Mark is a green conscious man, and thinks all companies should have an environmentally conscious business model and achieve profit at the same time.

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Topics: Guest Post, Green Ideas, Fun Green Articles, Conservation

Looking to Use a Solar Lighting Option? Talk to a Lighting Specialist

Posted by SEPCO

1/28/14 9:30 AM

SolarLightingOption.jpgThere are so many companies out there today that provide top quality products; however, there are so many cheap alternatives available that get in the mix. Solar lighting is not the cheapest option available. Sometimes switching grid powered lights to LED fixtures is your best alternative. But in the cases where solar lighting is what you need or want, make sure not to talk to just anyone. You want to talk to a lighting specialist to make sure that the lighting will still be adequate for your project.

Solar companies will sometimes sell you the least expensive option available. This is not good practice since the light requirements of most applications cannot be met by the cheap alternative. The first thing that needs to be analyzed is the light level requirement. For example, you need a parking lot to be illuminated from dusk to dawn in Arizona. The parking lot is 500’ square and the lights need to be bright enough for security.

The inexpensive option will not function properly here. Instead, a higher powered LED light fixture is what is needed to ensure illumination. The higher the fixture wattage, the larger the solar power system is required to operate the fixture from dusk to dawn year round.

The system also requires a minimum of 5 days of backup battery storage for times of inclement weather. To do this, the battery storage assembly must be large enough to hold the amp hours required for that backup. Having 5 days autonomy also produces less stress on the batteries, making them last longer in the end.

Starting with a lighting representative can factor all these parts of the equation together including the required lux or lumens of the project. They will be able to design the properly lighting layout and work with the solar company to come up with the best solution to your project.

Solar companies provide the solar and do not always take the lighting levels into consideration when assessing the project and providing a solution. There is definitely no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to solar. Talking to the correct people will ensure your system fits your needs while also providing years of flawless lighting.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

Sneaky Energy Suckers to Watch out for in Your Home This Winter

Posted by SEPCO

1/23/14 9:30 AM

Watch-out-forWe’ve all the seen the “rate-suckers” from the recent spate of Progressive car insurance commercials—have you ever thought about the things that could be doing that to the energy efficiency of your home?

Here are three big energy suckers to watch out for this winter—and how to prevent them from leeching money out of your wallet via your utilities bill.

The Lights You Leave On

Ideally, yes, you would never leave a light on when you’re not at home to enjoy what you’ll eventually pay for. However, the world is not a wish-granting factory. There will be situations when lights, intentionally or otherwise, are left on. Sometimes they have to be—an older house’s porch light can’t be wired for motion and has to stay lit in order to deter burglars while you’re out, maybe even some lights on in the house to further the illusion. And no matter how vigilant and careful you are, there will be the times when you leave a light on at home on your way out to work or fall asleep with the closet light on.

Make sure energy-efficient bulbs are in all the lights in your home. Even if you didn’t like them years ago because of the light spectrum or buzzing, rejoice: there are models on the market for every taste and every fixture.

The Structural Integrity of Your Home

Aside from the usual signs of a major structural problem—flooding, a gaping leak in the ceiling, etc.—you need to check to make sure that there aren’t other, subtler gaps in your outside walls.

The caulking around window and doorframe seals is a big thing to check for; you could lose hundreds of dollars in energy costs each year as your money is literally sucked out the window. If you didn’t catch this as fall turned to winter, that’s okay—it’s never too late to strengthen your defense against the biggest winter energy sucker of all: winter itself.

Another problem that needs to be taken care of immediately when detected is a carpenter ant or termite colony. They don’t pay to enjoy the warmth of your home or the food your wood provides them—and they’re costing you as the warm air you pay so dearly for seeps out to their colonies, which forces your heater (and wallet) to work harder. If you do find evidence of carpenter ants, termites, or other burrowing insects colonizing your home, call an exterminator; whether you have termites in Long Island or carpenter ants in San Diego, this is not a problem you should try to DIY. Save it for the professionals to get your home solid and structurally sound once again as soon as possible.

The Insulation: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, and Out of Time

Especially if you’ve been in your home for over 8 years, look into replacing the insulation with something that will hold in even more heat for greater overall energy efficiency.

Determine the R-value in your neck of the woods (if you search something like “insulation r value for” and your town/state, the internet has many handy maps and charts to help you); this will determine the variety of insulation you buy. Then, measure the distance between your studs and head to a home improvement store to buy the insulation width and variety you need (it will be likely closer to either a 15” wide or 23” roll).

Once you’re home with the rolls, cut pieces to fit about an inch wider than the cavities between your studs—but don’t fold it to double it as that will mess with the R-value.  You can either use some natural friction or a trusty staple gun to hold the insulation in place. The exception here is floor insulation, for which you will also need to pick up some wire insulation fasteners.

And be sure to wear protection in the form long sleeves, gloves, and eye protection. I helped a friend build her house last fall, and I can attest that if insulation foam makes contact with bare skin it can create a powerful, unenviable itching reaction.

With these fixes made, you can enjoy a winter with a lower power bill—energy suckers aren’t welcome here!

About the Authro: Lucy Markham is an avid blogger and researches with companies such as Suburban Exterminating. Lucy, as a recent homeowner, considers herself a bit of an expert on all things home improvement, gardening, and home decoration.

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Topics: Guest Post, Green Ideas

4 Questions to Answer Before You Get a Solar Lighting Quote

Posted by SEPCO

1/21/14 9:30 AM

Wanting to use solar lighting for your business? Maybe for a sign. Or a parking lot. Maybe you would like to have solar lighting installed on the roads of your HOA. There are so many applications that solar lighting can perfectly fit into; however, there are six questions that a reputable solar lighting company will ask you. Having the answers before you contact them will ensure a more accurate quote and information provided for your project. It will also make sure your systems perform exactly how you want them to for years to come.

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1. Where geographically will your systems be installed?

There is so many factors that goes into making sure your solar lights have enough solar energy to power the lights how they are required. One of the biggest factors is the number of sun hours provided on the worst day of the year, typically December 21st. The reason for this is if you size the system to run perfectly for the summer sun hours only, in the winter the systems will fall short, turning off or not even operating at all. Having an undersized system will also put unnecessary strain on the battery system, making it not last as long as it should. Determine the geographical location of where you want the systems installed. A zip code works perfectly and will help your solar company determine the number of sun hours available.

2. What are you light level requirements?

Knowing the light level requirements for the project is a great way to make sure the lights perform how you need them to. Getting a quote for a 15 Watt LED fixture when high security is needed and a 40 Watt LED would provide better light can completely change your quote around. Make sure you explain to the solar lighting company whether you need something that is very bright or just for small area spot lighting. And remember, the higher the wattage fixture, the larger the solar power system required to power that fixture properly. You can always reduce costs by having the light turn off when it is not needed, or dim down at non-peak times.

3. What are the dimensions of the area requiring light?

This questions needs to be answered no matter what the project is. If it is a sign, making sure the correct size fixture or number of fixtures is specified for the project. Parking lots require fixtures that provide a larger light pattern, but still knowing the size of the overall area will help determine how many fixtures are required. Make sure you get the dimensions of the area needing light and let your solar lighting systems company know. If you have an AutoCAD file or overall sketch of the area, this is a plus, but not needed to provide an accurate quote.

4. Do you require poles?

If you purchase poles from your solar lighting company, they can make sure the pole is sized to hold the weight of the solar as well as be the correct height for the project. If not, they can let you know what size pole you will need. There are many options available and most companies can even get wind load calculations for areas in hurricane prone areas so that the lights will still be there even after a storm.

Making sure you know the answers to the above before contacting your solar lighting company will ensure you will receive the most accurate quote possible. Without the above information, it is hard to determine exactly what your needs are for lighting and can create a lot of back and forth between you and the company. If the questions are not even asked, this is a good sign that your solar light will not operate how you expect it and you should look for a more reputable company.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

Achieving Energy Efficiency Starts At Home

Posted by SEPCO

1/16/14 9:30 AM

Energy security has been a major issue in the world market today. The increasing folds of excessive energy demand from the society have been largely affect nations that rely on imported oil. A fresh new outlook towards energy consumption is believed to be one of the effective solutions aside from green energy investments today.

POSITIVE FACTORS OF ACHIEVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

GoGreenDriveThroughTheFuturReducing energy allows you to save money by cutting cost from excess consumption. Large companies that have established a name for themselves in the industry have been producing household equipment that is proven to be more economical and environmental friendly. Cutting energy consumption by shifting to greener alternative production of electricity diminishes pollution both land and air.

Thinking of shifting to renewable energy systems for you home? The initial step you should make is to lessen the energy that you use through efficiency measure. A good example of these is the following:

Electronic Equipments and Appliances

Various brands such as Panasonic, LG, and Samsung etc. are a few providers of energy efficient machines and appliances that increasingly aim to reduce the use of power derived from fossil fuel. These innovations aim to lessen the pollution that is being contributed into the environment thus, reducing the causes for climate change.

Electric Heating and Cooling Systems

Passive solar panels are the most common solution towards diminishing the use of electricity produce from petrol. These panels utilizes and converts the heat of the sun into a sustainable power source that allows your heating and cooling system to run smoothly as the ones that run from fossil fuel.

Green energy companies that produce solar panels specifically incorporate concepts that are appropriate for your home. Proper insulation and air seals are applied to make it more efficient and eco-friendly.

CFL Lights and Alternative Lighting Solutions

Low energy light bulb or compact fluorescent lighting provides ample amounts of lights and uses 1/5 to 1/3 of the electrical power in our homes. It can help you save money and significantly reduces electricity cost due to the fact that these lights have a longer life span than an ordinary light bulb. In many countries, they have established recycling schemes and glass the generally benefits the environment and reduces that contribution leading to climate change.

Conducting energy audits aids you in pin pointing the most effective ways to reduce energy consumption in your homes, offices etc. The main purpose of applying this process is to give you a proper assessment on where an excessive energy problem originates in your homes. Once the solution is applied, it will allow you to save money over time and reduce the impact that you cause towards changes in our climate.

When planning on conserving energy resources, our nation as well as the environment can enjoy a healthy environment. Green house gas emissions are widely cause by the unwarranted utilization of power that is derived from fossil fuels.

Homeowners can save energy while improving their way of life without affecting the comfort level that they have been accustomed to. By simply updating features to improve one’s energy efficiency at home; the utilization of green power significantly lessens the amount of green carbon footprint that we leave behind. Investing in green technologies is one thing, but starting at home is another. Whatever choice you make, the change begins with you and the rest would fall into place.

About the Author: Dea David is an Environmental blogger and believer of imparting global awareness with regards to global warming and environmental sustainability issues. In her capacity as a writer for Poly2Petro, she hopes to help create an awareness for the public's understanding of plastic recycling (and its current failures in our society today), if only in a small way.

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Dark Sky Friendly Lighting is Necessary Now More Than Ever

Posted by SEPCO

1/14/14 9:30 AM

Ever look at a map from a satellite in orbit? Notice all the lights that you can see. What about looking up at night to find the stars in the sky? How much do you not actually see due to light pollution? These are some serious questions that are starting to be asked by more people. Light pollution is becoming a problem and dark sky friendly lighting is the key to solving this issue.

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What makes a dark sky friendly light?

A dark sky friendly light provides a distinct light pattern that is shielded from casting light above top of the fixture. This provides lighting only towards the ground where the lighting is required. It also uses the needed light levels and not over lighting an area which will reflect the light back up into the atmosphere. Finally, the lights should be turned off when not needed.

Non-dark sky light fixtures cast light in all directions, including upwards. This wastes energy, causes a twilight effect that confuses wildlife and disturbs breeding patterns. It also produces a glare for people driving on roads that can be distracting and tiresome for eyes.

 

Why are dark sky lights important?

Dark sky lighting is important as light pollution disrupts ecosystems and threatens astronomy. On top of that, the wasted light costs a lot in wasted energy, about $2.2 billion per year, in the US alone. Dark sky friendly fixtures push the lighting down where it is actually needed and not up into the atmosphere. This provides less glare and light pollution allowing wildlife to resume their natural rhythm as well as allowing astronomers, both large and small, to enjoy the night sky and be able to see the stars above.

 

How to easily make the change?

IDA-communityMaking the switch to dark sky friendly lighting is simple by changing the fixture to an IDA approved dark sky friendly fixture. Looking for the IDA seal provided by the International Dark-Sky Association on fixture specifications or talking to your lighting representative for their recommendation is the first step. Lighting levels are typically better than non-dark sky fixtures as lighting is cast only in a downward pattern towards the ground where the lighting is needed.

Talk to your lighting representative if you have fixture that push light in all directions and are not dark sky approved. You can also make sure to use dark sky fixtures on any new lighting projects. By switching the lighting to a full cutoff, dark sky approved fixtures will allow us to reclaim our nights and enjoy all the beauty they hold.

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Topics: General Lighting, Conservation, Dark Sky Friendly Lighting

What if the US followed Germany’s Renewable Energy Policies in 2014

Posted by SEPCO

1/9/14 9:30 AM

SolarGermany.jpgGermany is leading the renewable energy industry for the last couple years, far in front of most of the rest of the world. What do you think would happen if the US followed suit and put in place the same or similar policies? Would we be able to catch up? Would we finally have some energy independence?

First off, the US doesn’t have an overall renewable energy policy. Each state is left to do what it feels like with no overall governing force. Subsidies are still going to oil and other dirty forms of energy. Some money is being pushed into renewable energy; however, it is still a fraction of the amount being spent every year. Developing clean energy policies is a necessity to get us on track and money needs to be spent on these forms of energy.

Germany has clear set goals and the government is funding the projects to make it happen. They have already reached over 20% energy produced by renewable energy and are quickly moving towards their goal of 35% by 2020. Honestly, I think they will make it there before. I’ve even had the firsthand experience seeing a nuclear plant in Germany completely surrounded by wind power stations and the nuclear plant was off. That was an amazing sight (I wish I grabbed a picture though).

Best of all, corporations don’t own the majority of the renewable energy in Germany. Actual citizens own the power. Here in Florida for example, FPL owns some renewable energy plants and gives money to homeowners who want to put solar on their house. Sounds great, right? Not really, as FPL only gives a tiny amount of money, all of which is gone within minutes of the funds being released. If you don’t have a good solar company fighting for you, you will miss out on getting it. And what about the extra power you feed into the grid? FPL won’t pay you for that. They’ll give you a credit towards your bill if you ever use more than you produce, but after a year, the credits are reset back to zero. A win for FPL, but a loss for homeowners wanting to use solar and use the credits to help pay for the change.

WindGermany.jpgWell that’s Florida and people dealing with FPL. Other states have other policies and there are power companies that will actually pay you for your excess power. But what about states like Arizona. They are now charging their customers who use solar energy a fee. The fee is small, but what is it going to do to solar installations in Arizona. Especially since the sun is great in Arizona, making solar a great option for homeowners and businesses alike.

Instead of fighting this renewable energy changeover, the government needs to get on board and push good policies to get us finally in the right direction. Instead of dropping pennies out there to help homeowners make the change, put policies in place that stops the feed of subsidies going to oil, coal and other dirty forms of energy and get the money where it will have a better ROI. Instead of literally burning the money away, let’s let it shine for many years to come by implementing better renewable energy policies in the US. The US is moving towards renewable energy, but putting country wide policies into place will ensure our energy independence faster and more efficiently in the new year.

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Topics: Clean Energy, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy

Creating an Everlasting Solar Power System

Posted by SEPCO

1/7/14 9:30 AM

Solar panels have been produced for years using a lot of the same components. Between silicon, glass and aluminum railing, there really isn’t much else to a solar panel. However, they are quite fragile.

Breaking the glass on the front of the module renders the solar module practically useless. Technology has increased the durability of the glass over the last couple years to allow for destructible forces not to break them. Check out this awesome video where our friends at SolarWorld have perfected their technology in making the glass indestructible.

 

 

Look how strong these front sides are, but they are damaged easily from the backside.  Most US manufacturers use strong glass, but nobody pays any attention to the backside.  This is usually not a problem for roof mounted equipment or secure solar farms, but when a product for applications such as solar street lights and public power are located on poles within the public realm, the #1 reason for solar module failure is backside damage from windblown debris, rocks, bottles, and slingshots or overall mayhem as shown on those TV commercials.

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You see, solar modules of single crystal (mono-crystalline) and even more fragile the thinner cells of poly crystal (multi-crystalline) contain cells which are very thin and as fragile as potato chips! On the module rear the cells are only covered by a thin layer of a vinyl like material. When handling modules, handle with care; even these shown in the above video.  A rack component, module twisting, or anything that comes in contact with the back surface can crack the cell, or tear the vinyl so water can enter the laminate.  A cracked cell can render your expensive module worthless, in a split second!

We provide durable SolarWorld panels combined with our strong aluminum panel pans on the back of the solar panel system to provide protection from all angles. This ensures the safety of your solar panel system whether it is powering a single street light or a whole range of solar lights.

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Next time you are in the market for a solar system, make sure your investment will be well protected from outside issues. Ask your solar manufacturer what they do to protect the solar arrays. Don’t be left with a vulnerable system if they don’t do anything to protect your investment. With the cost of solar still high, make sure your system will last.

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Topics: Solar Power

Happy New Year! What is Your Green Resolution?

Posted by SEPCO

1/2/14 9:30 AM

Welcome to 2014!

 

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Resolutions are typically what everyone is talking about after the New Year. I am going to exercise more, eat better, spend more time with the family, etc. But what about resolutions for making the world a little greener? Is there anything you can add to your list of resolutions that will improve our planet? Here are a few that maybe you can think of implementing in 2014.

Ban the Bag

I hate it when I go to the store and forget my green bags at home. This year I am going to make a conscious effort to always have green bags on me and you can too. Keep a couple in your car at all times, even if you aren’t planning on going shopping. I even keep small ones in my purse for those smaller purchases. And you can find green bags just about everywhere and you don’t have to have one from each store, just as long as you use them when you go to the store.

Start a Garden

This one can range from a small container garden to overtaking your lawn into a huge garden. Grow something from a bunch of herbs to all the produce you could eat. With spring just around the corner, you can start building your garden now by planning and setting it up. When spring arrives, check out your local zoning and find what grows best where you live and what you love to eat. Do what you can to get the healthiest produce ever by purchasing heirloom seeds and stay as organic as you possibly can.

Stay Local

Make a conscious effort to purchase your needs and wants from a local small business. This can have a huge impact on your local economy since local businesses support your community organizations, create more jobs, give better service, and so much more. It also reduced your impact on the environment as it lowers transportation and creates less congestion. To find out more, visit Sustainable Connections and see what other benefits there might be to staying local.

Buy Reusable Items

Instead of purchasing throw away items, make a resolution to work toward replacing them with reusable materials. Paper towels are my favorite example. Instead of purchasing bunch of rolls for $8, spend that money on some microfiber or bar cloths. These are inexpensive and can just be thrown in the laundry to be reused. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few things that are just yuck and a paper towel is perfect. I still buy them, but I only use them when in dire need and therefore go through only a few sheets per week at most. I’m sure there are more things you can find to replace.

Green Power

Make a switch to green power if possible. Can you afford to install some solar panels on your roof? What about switching your lights to LEDs and upgrading to Energy Star appliances to lower your overall electrical usage to make using solar power more feasible in the near future. There is also many other options available if solar power is your end goal. Check out 1 Block Off The Grid for some great information.

By working together, we can have a great year while lowering our impact on the environment. What is your green resolution? Share with us below!

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Topics: Green Ideas, Holiday, Conservation, Recycling

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