Labor Day brings up images of hamburgers and the beginning of school which signals the coming end of summer. So if you're hosting a family gathering, taking a trip the beach or sticking around the house, Labor Day can also be a great time to be green.
Here are the top five tips to make your Labor Day a little more green this year:
(FROM: White Fence) http://www.justenergy.com/blog/make-it-a-green-labor-day/
#1 What would Labor Day weekend be without a BBQ? Here are some green BBQ tips:
#2. Prepare your home for winter – The extra time off is the perfect time to get your house ready for cooler weather. Potential projects include changing air filters, closing any vents in unused rooms, upgrading your home's insulation, installing radiant barrier, caulking windows and doors and installing a programmable thermostat.
# 3.Use real plates – While they can be tempting, it's much easier on the earth to skip the paper and plastic plates, utensils and napkins by serving your food with reusable items.
#4. Carpool – Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends as far as traffic is concerned. Whether you're taking a trip with family or just heading over to a friend's house for a barbecue, see if you can carpool to reduce your carbon footprint. If you're hosting a party, try to arrange a carpooling scheme for your friends.
#5. Serve green food – An easy way to make your festivities more eco-friendly is by serving local, organic and seasonal food. In early September, foods in season include peppers, corn, berries, tomatoes, and onions. Shop at a farmers market to make sure your food is local and check to make sure the produce you are eyeing is organic.
Thanks to White Fence and Just Energy for these great ideas.
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