Today, (Sept 22) is officially the first day of fall. That rocks since autumn is my favorite season. Here are some ways to super charge your green-living skills this autumn.
1. Celebrate our nation’s public lands on National Public Lands Day. This event, which falls on September 25th, is an excellent opportunity to help the environment as you explore some amazing outdoor space with your friends and family. NPLD is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public land and last year 150,000 volunteers joined in. Around the country, these 150,000 people celebrated by planting trees, removing trash, building trails and bridges and restoring water resources. Find an event near you.
2. Make something adorable, eco-friendly and/or recycled for Halloween! Check out these sweet creations:
- Acorn Pumpkins – cutest thing ever!
- Recycle your old milk jugs into adorable and useful Spirit Jug ghosts that shine bright for incoming trick-or-treaters.
- Felt Pumpkin People – I think these would make excellent Halloween party favors. Felt is eco-friendly (if you get the right type), soft and ultra cute.
3. Warm up your space and save energy. Your home should be properly weatherized for autumn and winter in order to save money, keep your family comfortable and save our resources. However, not everyone can afford to make the best weatherization changes. Luckily the the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) offers a Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income families.
Over the last 3 decades this program has provided weatherization services to more than 5.5 million low-income families. How the program works is, “Weatherization service providers install energy efficiency measures in the homes of qualifying homeowners free of charge. These are not expensive upgrades—the average expenditure limit is $2,826 per home—but they are effective, and energy savings pay for the upgrades within a few years.”
The criteria varies from state to state. You can see if your income is eligible by visiting the DOE. Keep in mind that there’s also a waiting list for services so the sooner you contact your state agency and apply the better.
4. Get ready to ban Black Friday. I’ll post more later on this, but here’s last year’s primer.
5. Head outside for a fall nature walk. It’s getting chilly but this is absolutely the best time of year to see nature. Everything looks amazing. Plus a fall nature walk gives you a great excuse to warm up with some Fair Trade, organic hot chocolate afterward.
What are you doing to celebrate fall?