10 Tips for a Greener Fall (and Winter) {Living Green}

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I’ve been searching the web for some green tips for the fall and have come up with 10 great tips to share:

  1. When putting away your summer clothing, check to see if there is anything you can recycle for rags or to donate, also when buying new clothes why not revive your wardrobe with some vintage or recycled clothing.
  2. Consider composting your leaves along with your food waste. (Compost bins are very simple to set up click here to see how)
  3. When the weather starts to get cooler, we all tend to reach for the thermostat. Instead reach for a sweater, use draft stoppers in doorways and invest in a programmable thermostat — just don’t turn the heat up.
  4. Cooler days are just around the corner, so ensure that your home is more energy-efficient by caulking around cracks in windows and doors.
  5. It can be expensive to have storm windows installed throughout your house, but there is a less-expensive way to weatherproof home windows. Storm window kits consist of plastic film or sheets to cover the window. Attaching the plastic is done with tape or tacks. Prices range from about $3 to $10 per window.
  6. Do annual furnace maintenance and replace the filter.  Cleaning and adjusting your furnace annually will ensure its operating efficiently, cut back on fuel use, and save you money this winter.
  7. Install heat reflectors: These are thin sheets that fit behind hot water radiators, to reflect heat away from the wall and into the room, thereby maximizing each radiator’s energy efficiency.
  8. Upgrade your thermostat. Consider a programmable thermostat similar to ENERGY STAR’s to save energy and save you money.
  9. Also, don’t forget to buy or make some draft stoppers for your doors and windows.  You can also purchase, draft blockers that are foam plates that fit behind light switches and electrical outlets to reduce drafts that enter through those spaces. You can get a packet of 10 for about $3 and they’re easy to install with just a screwdriver.
  10. With the longer fall and winter nights, if you haven’t already, you should consider switch your light bulbs to Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL’s), these light bulbs use 75% less electricity, and also last up to ten times longer. These will be easier on the environment as well as your bill!

 If you have more tips for having a greener fall (and winter) I would love to hear them! 

Information contained in this post was obtained from Energy Star, eHow, Four Green Steps, and Earth Share.



  1. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice says

    Great ideas, Monica. I actually have adopted a few so now I feel even better!!! Now, I just can’t rest on my laurels ( as Dad would say) , I need to continue the effort!

  2. Cheryl Grandy says

    We do several of the things you listed, but I hadn’t thought of putting heat reflectors behind the hot water radiators. That would be especially helpful in the rooms that are always cold. Thanks for the idea.

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