Any time is a great time to practice “green” principles in your home. Here are a few ways to incorporate some of those concepts.

Buy Products with Less Packaging, Create a Compost Bin

You might already recycle at home, but you can be even more proactive by purchasing fewer items that you can’t recycle or compost. Instead, opt for products that can be recycled, and ones that have less packaging. You can also carry your own reusable bags to the grocery store. Another option is to create a compost bin, which can help keep your food waste out of landfills.

Reconsider Your Green Lawn

Traditional turf grass can require lots of water and fertilizer to maintain its green sheen, and lawn irrigation can be one of the main uses of water in certains regions of the U.S., which can result in water scarcity. So, evaluate your current landscape. Perhaps you can create a design that incorporates plants that are native to your region and likely won’t require as much water as turf. You can also plant a vegetable garden, which uses water more efficiently.

Limit Your Energy Consumption

Learn to limit your energy consumption around the house. This can mean using cold water to wash your clothes from time to time, or unplugging certain electronics when they’re not in use. During hot summers, wait until the evening to use your oven so that your air conditioner won’t have to work harder to cool your home.

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