Posts Tagged ‘green living’

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Wearing sustainability

used clothes

Sustainable clothing includes items which are produced in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible way from start to finish – from design, to materials/production, to store, to the consumer.

Looking to green your wardrobe this New Year? Here are some benefits of dressing to impress in a green way:

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Friday, December 23, 2022

How to go green this holiday season

By ANCA Energy Circuit Riders Shawnea Hull and Carlie Leary

Incorporating sustainable practices into your holiday season doesn’t have to be difficult and can be a wonderful opportunity to create new traditions, start meaningful conversations, and reduce your impact on the environment. Below we offer some tips on how to cut down your energy use and expenses and reduce waste during the holidays.

Energy Use

Switch to LED this holiday season.

switch to led lights

On average, Americans use around 3.5 billion kWhs of electricity to light their holiday lights throughout the month of December. Using standard equipment (one 20-ft string of 100 incandescent bulbs using 40W of electricity x 9 such strings on average to light a Christmas tree and outdoor lights), for 6 hours a day means the typical household in the U.S. will use around 65 kWh of electricity in December — adding up to around $645 million spent by Americans this month running holiday lights.

One solution? LED lights. LEDs may have a higher upfront cost, but they ultimately provide savings on your electric bill and reduce your GHG emissions. When you use  LED bulbs for all your holiday lights, the amount of power you use drops by around 75%. Whether you strive for Clark Griswold-inspired lighting or a more modest holiday display, these holiday light calculators show you  how much switching to LED lights can save you!

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Tips for shopping green when getting groceries

green grocery

Keep the environment in mind when making product selections.When it comes to groceries, we are all looking to save time and money. But don’t forget about our environment. There are simple steps you can take to shop green when selecting products:

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Saturday, February 5, 2022

Home Green Home

thermostat

While everything may be cold, snowy, and white outside, now is a good time of the year to focus on greening your home. Make it a resolution to continue simple habit changes throughout the New Year to make your “home sweet home” into a “home green home” in 2022. Here are some tips to get started:

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Stuff the Turkey, Not the Trash


adirondack tukey

Regardless of how you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving this year, you can still keep wasted food out of the picture by reaching for your favorite tips and tricks to avoid throwing out good ingredients and your holiday meal favorites! Check out some of our tips below.
Ways to waste less food this Thanksgiving:

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Fall green living tips


fallen leafHop on a hayride, stuff a scarecrow, or pick a pumpkin. It is the time of year for pumpkin spice, apple cider, and all that the fall season brings. Autumn is here and what better time to prepare lawns and outdoor areas for the seasons ahead. Before you grab a rake, check out these fall lawn care and composting tips:

Try an organic-based mulch. Adding 2 to 3 inches of wood chips, shredded bark, shredded leaves, or straw can provide nutrients and shade out weeds in plant beds.
Important – do not allow mulch to touch tree trunks – this can affect root and overall tree health.

Safely manage weeds in non-toxic ways:

  • pour boiling water over weeds and repeating to increase effectiveness;
  • pull weeds by hand; or
  • tame weeds between cracks and stone areas with vinegar (a high acid spray) to kill the above ground portion. Repeat to increase effectiveness.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Fall cleaning tips for purging old clothes

donation bin for clothesThe calendar turns to another month and we are moving into fall. While this is a great time of the year to get outdoors and enjoy our environment — consider spending a bit of time indoors to clean out your clothing closet and prepare for the seasons ahead. As leaves will be falling off of the trees, before we know it, sweater weather will be here. Get your clothes ready and do so in a green way.

Closet clean out — save green
From clothing swaps, to hand me downs, to mixing and matching and adding fun accessories — clothes you already own can get a new look and extended life. Planning is key to saving green — the environment and money that is. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

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