If you want to be kinder to the planet and save some money at the same time, here are 10 ways to go green in 2013.
- Have your kids make their friends birthday cards and bring gifts in decorated paper bags or a cool reusable bag. Kids love getting a handmade card—as do adults.
- Bring your own bags when you shop for groceries.
- Dispose of your hazardous waste properly. Visit the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful website for tips.
- Ditch plastic sandwich bags and get some washable containers or bags.
- Pack cloth napkins instead of paper towels in school lunches.
- Look for an environmental service project you can do with your children, such as removing trash and non-native plants and planting trees in their place.
- Plant a tree. A certified arborist can help you select and plant trees that will provide privacy and shade and even years of fresh fruit.
- Dump your bottled water costs. You could save hundreds of dollars by buying snazzy metal water bottles for everyone in the family and a personal filter for your kitchen faucet.
- Replace your old light bulbs with LED bulbs. They last 15 times longer and use 75 percent less energy.
- Replace your showerheads with low-flow models. Low-flow showerheads can save you up to 15 percent on water heating costs and reduce your water usage by as much as 20,000 gallons a year.
Do you think you could stick to a green New Year's resolution? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments sections below.