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4 Ways to Go Green This St. Patrick's Day
If you've been looking to change your lifestyle and live more sustainably, what better time to start than St. Patrick's Day, the greenest of all holidays? You don't even need to find a four-leaf clover, although that wouldn't hurt. Here are a few simple tips to help you get started. Good luck!
1. Reduce, reuse, recycle. If you just throw something away, it's not only wasteful, but it will probably end up in a landfill where it will contribute to a host of environmental problems. Learn how you can reduce, reuse and recycle materials to decrease household waste. Don't stop at your doorstep. Get involved in recycling programs and be a green consumer. Select products and packaging made from recycled and recyclable materials.
2. Save energy. Saving energy is one of the best ways to reduce your household's environmental footprint. Simple conservation strategies can yield big savings. Turn off lights and home electronics when they are not in use. Adjust your thermostat at night. Switch to high-efficiency, long-lasting LED light bulbs.
3. Eat local and organic. Organic foods are produced using sustainable practices and local foods reduce transportation and storage, which can also have an impact on the environment. Look for organic food at your grocery. The organization Local Harvest and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Directory are useful resources.
4. Use water wisely. Fresh, clean water is not an infinite resource. Take shorter showers and only use the dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load. Fix leaks as quickly as possible. Consider installing aerator faucets and low-flow showerheads. Use water-efficient irrigation practices for your lawn and garden. See Simple Steps to Save Water from the EPA for more ideas on how you can conserve water.
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