Changing your household habits to reduce environmental impact is a great way to go green! Here are five “green” habits that you and your family can adapt to help protect our environment.

Choose energy saving fans
While an AC seems appealing during summer months, energy saving fans can do the trick, saving you money and helping the environment. Face your energy efficient fan toward a window or door, pushing the hot air in your home outside. You can also create a cross breeze by opening multiple windows or doors.

Limiting water use in outdoor spaces also helps to prevent waste
Watering your lawn and garden should be done no more than two or three times a week. Plan to water your green spaces early in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., after the air has cooled from the night.

Utilize blackout curtains and blinds
Keeping blinds or curtains shut can help to keep indoor air cooler by blocking out sunlight and reducing the need to run your fans or AC.

Map out your errands
If you can walk, bike, or skate to close destinations, not only will this reduce your negative impact on the environment, it will also provide you an excuse exercise. If you must drive, plan out your errands to be as efficient as possible. Not only will reduce your carbon footprint, you will also save gas and time.

Learn to recycle
Although common thought in some areas, recycling is often overlooked in households. Take some time to give yourself and your household a refresher on what can be recycled, composted, or tossed. Properly sorting out waste is a simple exercise but can have an extremely positive impact.