Happy summer! Today is the first day of summer, and we all know that summer comes with heat, popsicles, and keeping cool.
So how does an eco-conscious person go green this summer, but still have a blast?
- Use a fan—Fans are effective at keeping you cool and use less energy than air conditioners do. Open a window to get some air circulating. If you live in a very warm climate and need air conditioning, try setting it a degree or two higher than you normally would.
- Pick up a book—Reading is a low-tech and low-impact way to stay entertained. Whether you use an e-reader or a traditional print book, you’re using less energy than if you were, say, on a computer or watching TV.
- Barbeque—Do you love to barbeque in the summer? Propane grills are cleaner than traditional wood or charcoal.
- Buy local—Local fruits and vegetables are often plentiful during the summer months. Reduce your carbon footprint by shopping at local farmers’ markets.
Bonus: It’s been said that this is a good way to find deals on organic produce since many small farmers cannot afford the organic certification label.
- Ride a bike—Ditch the car and ride your bike to the store if you’re able to. Or just walk—that’s green too. Yes, I know that we aren’t all lucky enough to be able to do this, but if you can, go for it!
- Visit a national park—Do you want to have a little getaway? Study a map and take a mini-vacation to visit landmarks in your area. Visiting these parks will remind you why it’s so important to protect them.
What are your tips for staying green this summer?