Green Your Lifestyle In April

Green Blizzard is always looking into new ways to green your lifestyle and reduce your carbon footprint.  Our staff is suggesting these five easy ways to green your lifestyle in April.  Every step helps towards a smaller carbon footprint.

Each involves a little pinching and stretching across the major carbon producing aspects of your life – heating, diet, car mileage, entertainment, and travel.

Drink More Tap Water And Less Packaged Beverages The green factor of bottled beverages pales in comparison to the simplicity of tap water.  Consider all the embodied energy consumed making the packaging, refining the sugar and artificial flavors, bottling, transporting and keeping it chilled. The energy involved filtering water and pumping it to your faucet is minuscule in comparison.

Walk About One of the reasons German’s have a lower per capita footprint is that they spend their leisure time on carbon neutral activities.  Hiking is a national pastime.   The more you are walking the less you’re burning fossil fuels. You don’t necessarily have to take a High Sierra hike, just a walk-about around your neighborhood, nearby park, or town. Walk over to a friend’s place or walk a few errands. Be sure to turn off all lights, dial-down the thermostat a bit and unplug any unused chargers to minimize phantom electricity.

Change Out The Light Bulbs In One Room  Pick one room in your home that’s used frequently and change out all the bulbs to new LED bulbs. If you have incandescent bulbs still in any sockets, promptly toss those in the trash can – they are energy wasters and best thrown away – no exaggeration. Even replace any CFLs in the room with LEDs and transfer the CFLs to other rooms that still employ those nasty incandescents.

Start Planning Your Summer Garden  Growing season in the northern hemisphere is crust It can be as small as planters filled with herbs or cherry tomato plants. Might be fun to get a germination tray and grow vegetable of your choice from a 99 cent seed package. Just one way to reduce fossil fuel associated with getting whatever you would have purchased, that you’re now growing.

Clean With Vinegar As a society we have become dependent on industrial cleaners and now organic cleaners. Vinegar, naturally full of cleaning power ammonia, can probably do whatever take care of any cleaning challenge. Its natural and inexpensive, give it a try and leave all those sweet smelling cleaners on the grocery shelves.


About the author

Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame - so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he's not managing Green Blizzard, you'll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.

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