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Green Living: Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Living

Laura Jewett January 2, 2024

Happy New Year! If you're considering resolutions for a healthier lifestyle and being kinder to our planet, you're in for a treat this January! We're dedicating the entire month to going Green, and we've got a treasure trove of ideas, tips, tricks, and hacks to share with you. Join us on this exciting journey down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City of Green Living! And hey, there are perks — not just for the planet but for your wellness and wallet too.

The Power of Small Changes

1. Reusable Revolution

Kickstart your green living journey by embracing the power of reusables. Swap single-use items for their reusable counterparts — water bottles, shopping bags, coffee cups. Did you know that the average person can save hundreds of dollars annually by making these simple switches? And the planet benefits too! Did you know that only 12% of the 35 billion plastic water bottles thrown away each year get recycled? Most end up as litter or in landfills. Break the cycle, one water bottle or cup of coffee at a time! Every choice matters…make small changes each day to have a big impact!

2. Mindful Consumption

Think before you buy. Choose products with minimal packaging, support local businesses, and opt for quality over quantity. A mindful approach to consumption not only reduces waste but also supports sustainable practices.

Sustainable Spaces

1. Energy-Efficient Homes

Turn your living space into an eco-friendly haven. Conduct a home energy audit to identify areas of improvement. From upgrading insulation to using energy-efficient appliances, every change contributes to a greener home and lower utility bills. Check out our interview with an energy home auditor to learn more and find out some of the most common (and unexpected!) sources of home energy loss!
Want to get started on improving your home's efficiency today? The US Department of Energy offers a helpful guide for a DIY energy audit. While a professional assessment is the surest route, this self-assessment is an excellent starting point and can still have a significant impact on your monthly bills.

2. Green Gardens

Whether you have a sprawling backyard or a cozy balcony, gardening offers a therapeutic connection to nature. Grow your own herbs and vegetables, embrace native plants, and create a haven for local pollinators.

Conscious Cuisine

1. Plant-Powered Plates

Explore the world of plant-based eating. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains not only benefits your health but also reduces your carbon footprint. Try incorporating more meatless meals into your weekly routine.

2. Mindful Meal Planning

Plan your meals to minimize food waste. Get creative with leftovers, compost kitchen scraps, and support local farmers' markets for fresh, seasonal produce.

Eco-Friendly Travel

1. Sustainable Exploration

Looking for your next adventure? Consider ways that you can travel responsibly. Opt for eco-friendly accommodations, explore local transportation options, and be mindful of your impact on natural landscapes. Every traveler can contribute to the preservation of our planet.

Community and Advocacy

1. Join the Green Wave

Connect with like-minded individuals in your community. Participate in local environmental initiatives, attend workshops, and share your journey on social media. Together, we can amplify the impact of green living.

2. Advocate for Change

Use your voice to advocate for sustainable practices. Whether it's encouraging businesses to adopt greener policies or supporting eco-friendly legislation, your actions matter.
In 2024, the call for green living is louder than ever, and we're here to guide you on a journey towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. From small, everyday changes to larger, impactful decisions, let's explore the beauty of green living and its positive effects on both you and Mother Earth. And we're not just all talk – as GREEN Certified Agents, we can provide you with referrals and services to maximize your home's efficiency. Contact us today to find out more!

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