Looking to go green this year? Updating your household habits to reduce environmental impacts is a great way to get started! Here are five simple ways to develop your new green habits:

Swap Out AC with Energy Saving Fans
Facing your fan out of the window pushes hot air outside, helping to cool your home. You can also create a cross breeze by opening multiple windows.

Limiting Water Use in Outdoor Spaces
Trying to keep that herb garden alive? Try watering your lawn or garden only two or three times a week. Watering early in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., after the air has cooled overnight is also a great way to limit your water usage and keep your plants healthy.

Use Blackout Curtains and Blinds
Keeping blinds or curtains shut can help keep indoor air cooler by blocking out sunlight and reducing the need for constant AC. An added bonus is that you’ll get better sleep, too!

Map Out Your Errands
If you are able to walk, bike, or skate to nearby destinations, you can reduce your car’s carbon footprint while saving gas and getting in some great exercise! Try walking to a nearby grocery store to save on gas while supporting local businesses.

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 can make a major positive impact. Learn more about recycling here!