Creating a more eco-friendly home and lifestyle is a great goal for the change of season, especially with warmer weather encouraging us to spend more time outdoors. Here are some tips in and around your home to help get you started:
1. In your everyday spaces. Look for simple changes you can make to reduce your impact on the environment. Shop for eco-friendly products, upcycle old furniture in a DIY project, and donate old clothing or use it for crafts. Make sure to recycle as much as you can, and use energy during off-peak times as much as possible.
2. In the garden: Consider compost gardening, which involves composting leftover foods and scraps and then using it to fertilize your own crops and herbs. It’s easier than you think and makes a great project and learning experience you can do with the kids. There is tons of advice online, including how to make your own compost garden even if you live in a condo or have limited backyard space.
3. In the garage: One of the easiest ways to make an impact on your personal carbon footprint is by looking at your vehicle and driving habits. Consider an electric or hybrid vehicle for increased fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions. By driving green, you could save hundreds of dollars at the pump each year and stay on trend. Remember to accelerate gently, maintain a steady speed, anticipate traffic, avoid high speeds and coast to decelerate. Find more information at www.vehicles.gc.ca.