Another green buzzword…sustainability. Without getting into a details about LEED credits, recycling guilt and the ins-and-outs of cfl’s, how does the average joe get their green on without hiring mega-professionals or giving up wordly possessions for life in a yurt? Going green doesn’t have to cost money. In fact, it can save you money instead — here are four things you can do to decrease your carbon footprint:
1. Let your lawn go or let it grow.
The best way to use less water is to turn your thirsty front lawn into a garden or outdoor room. Using ornamental grasses, bulbs and other water-savers such as Barberry, Lamb’s Ear and Lavender will provide year-round interest, textures, and a leaner, greener water bill. Add a few outdoor LED light fixtures on a timer and you’ve got a low-maintenance showstopper that will have the neighbor’s tongues wagging. If you can’t bear to let go of the green carpet, at least set your mower blade higher so you mow less often. Or better yet, plant a no-mow fescue for that luscious meadow feel. Get out that blanket for a nap in the grass!
2. Ride your bike to work once a week.
Or take the bus. Once a week is easy–you get to pick the day so it works with weather and your schedule. Watch the world go by from a different perspective and I guarantee it will increase your appreciation for where you live.
3. Vacation in your own state.
This summer pick a spot in your home state where you’ve never been. Close your eyes and point your finger on a map. Take the kids along if you have some and you’ll be teaching them about geography, the natural landscape, microclimates and how to use all that airline ticket or gas money you’ve saved for something really worthwhile.
4. Get some chickens. You knew this was coming. How about a morning omelette from your backyard coop and garden? Chickens taught my kids how to count, how to care and how to sustain ourselves. One of the best family investments you can make. Chickens are also very relaxing and forgiving, like a trusty dog that lays eggs.