With almost a month of fall under our belts, it’s time to take a step back and make sure you are living as sustainably and green as possible. Fall is notoriously the time of year when we start to prepare for winter and all the hibernating that comes along with it. From dusting our snow boots off to digging out our favorite cozy sweaters, there is just something about fall that is both nurturing and comforting.
There are tons of great fall-style activities that will get you in the spirit of the season, many of which are also good for the planet. We’ve talked in the past about how to live greener during the summer months, whether that means making sure we turn off lights or adopting water conservation habits in our homes and gardens.
Similarly, there are plenty of ways you can live more sustainably during the fall months. Sure, the same rules apply year-round when it comes to turning off lights and taking shorter showers to save water,
but we have a handful of other ideas to help you live green this fall:
Can your garden goodies.
Before the first frost hits, try your best to turn your summer harvest into as much deliciousness as possible. More and more people are canning these days, and for good reasons. From making warming soups loaded with your garden veggies to jams, jellies, pickles and so much more, there are plenty of fun ways you can get the most out of your
. If you have been growing herbs, you may want to think about drying and storing them for use throughout the colder months.
Check the air pressure in your tires.
This may not seem like something that will help with your sustainability efforts, but it is. Cooler temperatures can lower tire pressure, which actually lowers fuel efficiency. When yours tires are low, you will have to get gas more frequently, which is not sustainable.
Clean and test your home’s furnace.
Many people do not realize this, but your furnace actually needs a regular cleaning. Throughout the year, it collects lots of dust and debris, both of which can affect the furnace’s performance and could even cause a fire.
Bring in any houseplants that have spent the summer outside.
Not only do plants make the interior of your home look better, they will also help clean the air. It may be a good idea to start to bring them
at night and back out at night (as long as the weather permits) to ensure they aren’t shocked when they come inside for good.
Do some outdoor landscaping.
If you live somewhere that it snows, make sure you spend some time this fall doing some pruning and landscaping. Scoop up any fallen leaves and use them in the garden to protect plants throughout the winter, or add them to your
pile. You can also plant trees and bushes in the fall, which will give them enough time to develop a deep root system over the winter months and reduce their water needs come spring.
Stock up on environmentally responsible products.
We all love the coziness that candles provide during the cooler months, but did you know that most candles out there today are not very sustainable? This is why it is important to do your research and stock up on eco-conscious candles and other products for the fall and winter.
These are just a few tips to help prepare you for fall and winter, all of which will ensure you are living greener than ever as the cooler months move in!
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