Living an eco-friendly lifestyle is easy when you green up your home for spring
Creating a more eco-friendly lifestyle is a great goal for the change of season, especially when warmer weather encourages us to spend more time outdoors. Here are some tips in and around your home to help get you started:
In your everyday spaces
Look for simple changes you can make to reduce your impact on the environment. Shop for eco-friendly products
- up cycle old furniture in a DIY project
- donate old clothing or use it for crafts
- recycle as much as you can
- use energy during off-peak times as much as possible
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 to do with the kids. There is tons of advice for an ecofriendly lifestyle online, including how to make your own compost garden even if you live in a condo or have limited backyard space.
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. If you have access to public transportation, consider using it to commute to work and save the stress that comes with sitting in traffic. Or, 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. When driving the following tips will help create an eco-friendly lifestyle as well:
- accelerate gently
- maintain a steady speed
- anticipate traffic
- avoid high speeds and coast to decelerate.
Find more information on creating an eco-friendly lifestyle with your vehicle at www.vehicles.gc.ca.