When you think of autumn, the color green is probably the furthest thought from your mind. But despite the naturally changing hues of nature during the fall, there is no better time to “go green” than when the weather begins to cool down. If you are not sure where to start, consider these helpful green tips for Fall for helping your family become more environmentally friendly this fall season.
Stop stuffing all of those falling leaves into landfill-packing trash bags only to be picked up by large carbon-emitting trucks that release volatile pollutants into the atmosphere. Instead, pull the family outdoors with a few rakes to gather leaves around the base of trees, shrubs and bushes. While it may not look attractive at first, the cold winter months will help break down the leaves into nutrients that are beneficial for your permanent vegetation. By the time spring comes into bloom, the leaves will have provided enough nutrients to help your trees and bushes green up faster than anyone else in your neighborhood.
Weatherize Your Home
Not all green tips for Fall will consume much of your time or money. Taking the time to weatherize your home during the fall can cut down on high energy usage during the cold winter months. The entire process of weatherizing your home should not take longer than a couple of hours, and according to GreenDailyGrind.com, it should not cost you more than $20. By sealing and caulking the holes and cracks in your windows and doors, you could cut your energy costs by 25 percent or more.
Visit the Farmer’s Market
Just because spring and summer have passed, it does not mean that the local farmer’s market is closed for business. In fact, many areas of the country are thriving during the fall harvest with cool weather and year-round vegetation, such as apples, corn, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower. By purchasing and cooking these foods from the farmer’s market, you can support your local community and also take pride in knowing that buying locally has helped you to do your part to reduce your carbon footprint.