The Good Steward
Green Corner: Seven Practical Tips for Warm Weather
Looking for easy ways to be a better steward of the environment this summer? These seven simple and practical tips will reduce your environmental footprint, and may even help you reduce your energy bill, too.
- Start planning your garden:
Plants produce oxygen, which is good for the air. They also produce food, which could be good for your wallet. Even churches without a lot of green space can plant vegetables in boxes and pots. Experiment with a few tomato or pepper plants.
- Capture rain showers in a barrel:
Consider installing a rain barrel and use the contents to water the garden. It’s an easy way to save water.
- Plant drought-resistant grass:
Lawn looking patchy? Re-seed it with drought-resistant grass seed, which usually requires less watering and mowing.
- Mow the lawn less often:
You’ll not only save energy by running your lawn mower less, but letting your lawn grow helps your grass to grow deeper, and deeper grass needs less watering. As a bonus, letting clover grow provides a habitat for bees.
- Take advantage of nice weather:
On a nice day, host an event outdoors that usually occurs inside, such as a children’s class or even church services. You’ll conserve resources and reconnect with nature at the same time.
- Cover windows that receive direct sunlight:
If you’re keeping the air conditioning on, keep the sun out by using blinds, shades, or curtains. Shielding rooms from heat will help them remain cool.
- Turn off fans if no one is in the room:
Fans don’t affect air temperature, but they do make people feel cooler. Save energy by turning fans on only when people are present. And while it’s nice to enter a cool building, don’t leave the AC running if no one is there.
Applying just one of these tips will make the world a greener place.
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