It's time to go green! If helping protect the environment and living green is among your list of New Year's resolutions, take a look at some energy-saving habits to implement in your day-to-day life. Although going completely green may feel like a big jump, the key is to take baby steps throughout the year.
Check out some of the top tips suggested by the Huffington Post for green home improvement projects:
- Commuting: Commuting to work every day can waste a lot of energy as well as lead to unhealthy smog in the atmosphere. If you work close to your home, try walking or biking instead. Or, opt to use public transportation. If you must drive, carpool with a colleague so that you save gasoline.
- Green gardening: If you have a green thumb, complement it with green living habits. The news source suggests collecting water from your drain pipe and using it to water your lawn. Also, stay away from any harsh fertilizers and chemical pesticides. Instead of putting toxins into the land, look for all-natural formulas at your local store.
- Light-switch: "Start with conserving the amount of energy you use in the home," suggest the source. "Turn a light off when you leave a room or when you're no longer using it. Replace fluorescent bulbs with energy saving lights. Changing one light can save you six dollars a year in electricity costs, and they use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs."