Top 10 Green Resolutions to Make in 2014

Fri, 2014-01-10 09:58

For many, the New Year symbolizes a time for change. It's a time to get rid of the old and bring in the new. This year, resolve to make a difference in the world by being more eco-friendly. Just try these 10 green resolutions that should be easy for you to keep this year!

2014 New Year sign inside light bulbs on green background.

1. Use reusable bags. Make a commitment to do away with plastic bags in favor of reusable bags this year. If you have trouble remembering them, try to keep a few in your car so you always have them handy.

2. Start recycling. If you don't do it already, 2014 is a great time to start recycling. Just place a separate bin in your home—or even at your office—and start separating recyclable material from trash.

3. Replace your light bulbs. If you're looking for an easy way to improve your carbon footprint, energy-efficient light bulbs might do the trick. Just replace your incandescent bulbs with energy-saving LED or CFL options. The best part is you only have to change them once this year, making this an easy resolution to keep!

4. Green your commute. In 2014, choose options for your daily commute that minimize your impact on the environment. Walk or bike when you can. And if that's not an option, public transportation is also an eco-friendly alternative.

5. Get a reusable water bottle. In the New Year, stop drinking bottled water. Instead, purchase an eco-friendly, reusable water bottle. You can fill it up again and again without creating any waste. Not only will it help keep waste out of the landfill, it will save you money too!

6. Reduce food waste. If you throw away a lot of food, pledge to cut back. Never buy more than you actually need. But if you do end up with extra, consider saving it in a reusable container. You can freeze your leftovers for another time or take prepared food to work for lunch.

7. Go paperless. In recent years, the world has become more digital, and it's likely to continue in 2014. It might be a great time to follow the trend and eliminate paper waste. Avoid printing anything out and sign up for paperless billing whenever possible. Most of your everyday expenses, such as electricity, water, and phone service, can be paid online.

8. Practice green cleaning. The new year is the perfect time to make a change in your cleaning routine. Stop using household cleaners that are packed full of harmful chemicals. Instead, purchase green cleaners or make your own products to keep your home clean and your family healthy.

9. Use less energy. Minimize your carbon footprint by making a commitment to using less energy this year. You can cut hot water heater waste by taking shorter showers. Or you can optimize your air conditioner's efficiency by keeping it set at 78 degrees in the summer and changing the air filter every couple of months.

10. Buy local. Whenever you can, buy products that were produced locally. For example, buying fresh produce at the nearest farmers market is a great way to minimize your footprint and make a healthier choice in 2014. These products are environmentally friendly because they require minimal transportation and are often grown without pesticides or other chemicals that can be harmful to your body.

- Clint Robertson

Clint Robertson is a freelance writer who has held numerous positions in the energy industry. His work promotes ways to reduce our carbon footprint through the development and utilization of renewable energy sources. Feel free to reach out to him directly on Twitter.


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