As the seasons change, so do the possibilities of living a green lifestyle. Luckily there are many things you can do to be earth friendly this fall.
- Keep it Cool: It is finally starting to feel like fall outside, and the chilly nights might encourage you to turn up the thermostat. The heat in your home is responsible for the majority of household energy consumption. It would be beneficial both environmentally and financially to keep the heat off as much as possible.
- Heat Alternatives: You can avoid turning up the heat by throwing on a sweatshirt or cozying up under a comfy blanket with a hot cup of tea. Even keeping the heat off while no one is home can make a big difference.
- Make the Most of it: Make sure that there’s nothing covering your radiator so that the heat can circulate. It would be helpful to move around any furniture that may be blocking the heat. Turning down the temperature a few degrees can make a big difference.
- Put your Leaves to Use: Who knew leaves could be so useful for something besides a big pile to jump into when you were a kid? Composting leaves can be a great way to recycle this fall. Many of them have an abundance of minerals that are absorbed by the tree from the soil.
- Benefits for your Garden: Composting leaves can add a lot of nutrients into your soil. When it is used as mulch it could enhance the moisture and even keep weeds away!
- Learn How: Attend one of PRC’s backyard composting workshops! You can learn more about the benefits and importance of composting. The workshop will teach you how to set up a compost pile, how to maintain it, and what to do with the finished compost. Check out more on our workshops HERE
- Go Green for Halloween: Buying a quick costume at a Halloween store might not be the most environmentally friendly option. A lot of popular costumes include chemically hazardous materials that cannot be recycled. Try making a costume from materials you could find from your house! Not too creative and don’t have any ideas? Check out some DIY costumes: HERE
- Give Thanks to the Planet: This Thanksgiving be grateful for the food you have and try not to put it to waste. Most families have a lot of leftovers that end up in the landfill. You can avoid this by planning ahead and trying not to make too much access food. If you’re having guests, it would be useful to ask them to bring reusable containers to take food home. Another alternative would be to consider adding it to your compost pile, or even donating it to a local food bank.
- Zero-Waste Pumpkin Carving: Pumpkin is one of the most exciting parts about fall. If you want to join the fun and carve a pumpkin, there are many ways you can get the most use out of it. The inside can be used inside a nutritious smoothie – want to try it – Click HERE for recipe! Don’t forget to use the pumpkin seeds because they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins. When you’re finished using the inside of the pumpkin make sure to compost it! Pumpkins are full of nutrients and make a great fertilizer.