Is there anything more beautiful than the crimson, yellow and gold colors associated with fall foliage? “Green” may not be the first color that pops to mind when thinking about this vibrant season, but even though the dog days of summer are behind us and the temptation to crank the AC may be dwindling, there are still a variety of ways you can “go green” for autumn! Below, we’ve outlined our top tips for conserving energy and living green this fall:
- Fall can be a wonderful time to plan a veggie garden! Make it a family activity. Find a list of tips for your fall vegetable garden here.
- Take advantage of composting for your fall gardening needs and mulch.
- For back to school, pack your children’s lunches in reusable lunch boxes instead of brown bags, and be sure to purchase notebooks/supplies made of recycled materials. Find more green back-to-school tips in our earlier blog entry, here.
- Let nature help with your seasonal decorations: use leaves, squash, pumpkins, or other fall crops for your home décor or Halloween-themed get-togethers.
- Prepare your home for the upcoming winter – be sure to take care of any leaks, prepare pipes for the colder weather, etc.. We’ll be sure to cover this subject in more detail later this season.
- Take advantage of the beautiful, brisk, fall weather by walking or biking instead of driving for short trips.
- As the days begin to shorten, consider alternative lighting solutions, such as candles (there are some great flameless options that flicker like the real thing!) or energy-efficient lightbulbs. As always, be sure to switch off the lights when you’re not using them or before leaving home.
- As the weather temperatures start to drop, warm up with organic coffee or hot cocoa!