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How Can I Go Green in Ridgefield, CT?

May 23, 2014 - 02:07 PM
How Can I Go Green in Ridgefield, CT?

Going green means being conscience of the environment and being conscience of the future of our world. Lucky for you, we have come up with a few simple steps to take to “go green” and to create a cleaner world for yourself and others.


Turn out the lights in the rooms not in use and unplug electronics


The electricity used to power your lights and electronics comes from power plants that create air pollution.  Let’s reduce that air pollution by only having lights on in the rooms you are using and to unplug the electronics that are not in use.  Electronics that are plugged in and not in use are still getting some energy flow, this is why they are always ready for use.  So, once you are done making your coffee in the morning, unplug your coffee maker. Using less electricity will also save you money.


Air dry clothes


Letting your clothes air dry will reduce the countless loads that you usually throw through the dryer. Also by air drying, you are saving energy and electricity. Another added benefit to air drying your clothes is that it reduces shrinking and makes the colors last longer.  


Shorter Showers


Water is an extremely important, and limited, resource in our lives. By taking shorter showers you can save hundreds of gallons of water which will come in handy in the future. According to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, a 7-10 minute shower uses 30-50 gallons of water. Next time you shower, try cutting your time by at least two minutes, which does not seem like a lot but it can make a difference.


Reuseable water bottles


Try to reduce the amount of plastic that is produced and amount of landfill created by buying a reusable water bottle.


Fix leaky faucets


Instead of allowing your faucets to drip, fix them and save water!


Recycle


Recycling is very important. Try to recycle as much as possible. Waste Management  provides a list of all the possible items you can recycle. By recycling you reduce the amount of space in the landfills and reusing the materials saves energy and resources.


Buy Locally


Buying locally will reduce the carbon footprint because the food will not have to travel far to get to your table, and will also reduce the amount of packaging needed. Next time when you need vegetables for dinner, go to the local farmers market instead of the supermarket. This will also help the economy and support smaller business’.


Borrow from the Library


Borrowing books from the library saves the amount that need to be produced, which in the end will save more trees. This also gives you an excuse to go check out the new Ridgefield library.  


Carpool


Reduce your carbon footprint by carpooling. Plan a carpool with your neighbors. You can carpool with them by taking turns driving your kids to soccer practice. Or if your neighbor and you both work in town, take turns driving to work.You will be reducing the amount of air pollution created as well as saving money by using less gas.


Plant a Garden


Planting a garden will create fresher air and provide fresh food if you choose to grow your own vegetables. This spring and summer make it your goal to start a garden. It will be a great way to get outside when the weather is nice and to help the environment.  


Create a compost bin


Creating a compost bin will allow you to reuse waste. What’s even better is that you can use your compost to fertilize the garden you just planted. How to Compost provides ways to compost and what to compost.


These steps are simple and easy steps. They are all very important and help our environment. If you are looking for more creative ways to go green, 50 ways to help is a great website that gives even more ideas on how to help the environment.



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