New Year's Resolutions for the Environment


The New Year brings out our best intentions, but sometimes these intentions/resolutions don’t make it beyond the first couple days of January. But not all resolutions have to be difficult to maintain and, after awhile, they become just a way of life. Take the health of the environment for example; just a few small tasks and changes throughout the year can make a big difference.

For instance, just encouraging and promoting recycling makes a difference. When shopping, look for eco-friendly companies that make products made from recycled materials. As well many natural detergents today are made to clean clothes just as effectively in cooler water temperatures. Choose detergents and other laundry products that are plant-based, concentrated and biodegradable.

Switching to recycled toilet paper. Simply replace the plushy kind to the kind made from 100% recycled paper products. This is one of the best eco-friendly changes you can make. You’ll help save trees, reduce dangerous environmental toxins and save millions of liters of water.

Tighten up your house. You would be amazed what leaks out of the attic and windows. This is not only wasted energy; it is wasted money too. Insulate, caulk, and weather-strip.

Have you ever experienced your toilet “running” for a long time after a flush, or had to wiggle the handle to make it stop; maybe it just randomly “runs” at night (even when nobody has  flushed it?!) A “running toilet” is a leaky toilet and most of us would be surprised to find out that one in every five toilets leak. Many leaks can also be silent, so it is easy to assume that nothing is wrong. A leaking toilet can waste anywhere between 30 to 500 gallons of water every day. To see if your toilet is leaking, put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the dye shows up in the toilet bowl after 15 minutes or so, the toilet has a leak. Do not worry! You can purchase replacement parts for your toilet at any hardware store or home improvement center. These are easy to install and usually will stop the problem.

Remember, even committing to a few of these can help the environment have a happy new year.

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