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Go Green This Summer for a Sustainable Planet

During the warmer months, we contribute to global warming and damage to our planet in ways that differ from colder seasons. The good news is that summer is the perfect time of year to implement many strategies to reduce our imprint.

Best of all, not only are these habits better for the planet. Most are better for your wallet, too, and can add up to sizable savings. So make a resolution to implement the following go-green tips this summer.

Electricity. Run all heat-producing appliances such as the dishwasher, oven, and dryer at night to reduce your air conditioning use. Reduce or eliminate dryer use altogether by hanging your clothes in the fresh air to dry.

Water.  Forego trying to keep up with neighbors' lush green lawns. Cut back on watering, or better yet, eliminate it altogether. When you do water, do it only after dusk. This will maximize your yard and plants' ability to use the water, therefore, reducing the amount and frequency of watering needed.

Locally grown food. Shop farmers' markets for your fruits and veggies. By doing so, you reduce the use of fossil fuels and pollution that results from groceries being shipped to stores from across the country. Another option is to plant a backyard garden or look for a nearby co-op garden.

Buy used. Garage sales and flea markets abound throughout the warmer months. So, reduce both your's and others' imprints on the planet by buying and using goods that would otherwise fill up our landfills. First, this reduces waste. But it also reduces environmental pollutants that result from manufacturing new products.

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