By Rebecca Lynch
Going green is a movement where the success is based off of small efforts by individuals. According to www.epa.gov these different techniques change as the seasons change, and certain methods apply solely to wintertime.
As the weather grows colder, people need to use more heat in their households. A leak connecting the interior to the harsh cold air decreases the temperature of the house. Examine windows and doors from leaks and use either plastic or weather stripping to fill it in. Leaks can also be found in electrical sockets and light switches. Those can be mended with an electrical socket insulator.
Small fixes can make a huge difference in the temperature in the house. A small leak multiplied by multiple windows generates enough cold air to severely impact a room’s temperature. If the leaks are eliminated, people will not need to raise the thermostat. This will lower the heating bill while saving energy.
Fireplaces are also a source for heat. Ashes can be mixed with compost to help gardens in the spring. Newspaper can be recycled into fireplace logs. Wrap paper around a piece of wood and soak it in water. After drying, the newspaper will function as a log.
With winter comes snow, and the many existing snow removal methods are not eco-friendly.
Snow must be wiped from the roads, but some substances are damaging to the environment.
Non-toxic de-icing substances are more environmentally friendly and safer for plants and pets. Electronic snow removal products or snow shovels are preferable over gasoline-powered ones.
Hordes of holiday shoppers can also adapt their habits to help the environment.
Holiday festivities provide opportunities to reduce waste. Bring a reusable bag while shopping. If using store-provided bags, do not take one when purchasing small items.
More energy-efficient products are tagged with an “Energy Star” label. Replacing home or office products with these updated ones will lower the energy bill.
For a Christmas tree, check with the local waste department to see if there is an option to turn in and recycle the tree. Other options include using the trunks and branches as garden mulch. Tree needles can be used to make potpourri. A more creative use is transforming the tree into a bird feeder. Place the tree outside and scatter seeds and orange slices over the branches.