Embrace a Green Happy New Year’s Resolution

January 9, 2018

Happy New Year!

As we ring in 2018, many of us participate in the tradition of choosing a New Year’s resolution that will help positively guide us throughout the year. These resolutions usually involve promising ourselves to work on resolving an undesirable trait, saving money, or cleaning out those unruly closets. Regrettably, most of us know this “promise” is abandoned within the first few months. The solution? Go green! Jump into the New Year by making a commitment to a green resolution. Going green can help you set positive, realistic goals in combination with protecting and preserving our planet for the future generations. Try one of the following green resolutions today:

1. Save Money

Does it always seem like there is an endless hole in your pocket? Green Solution: To help you save your change, eliminate phantom power sources around your home when they are not in use to help cut down your power bills. Unplug your electronic devices and appliances when not in use. Did you know that some devises or appliances will use power even when they are not in use; slowly draining you of your treasured dollars. Have a tough time remembering? Try using energy efficient gadgets, power bar or timers that do the work for you. By making a small change in your life, you could decrease your energy bill by as much as 10 percent annually – without lifting a finger!

2. Tidy and Declutter

Are your closets untidy? Loraas Tip: Hang all the clothing in your closet with the hanger hook facing the same direction. As you wear each item of clothing turn the hanger the opposite direction. At the end of the year, you will be able to see which clothing items have not been worn and can remove them from your closet. Green solution: If clothing is heavily-used, do your research and donate your clothing to a textile recycler. Gently-used clothing items can be donated to one of the many local clothing depots.

Is your backyard shed cluttered and starting to look like a chemistry lab with bottles of empty aerosol cans and fertilizer, or junk-drawers hoarded with adhesives and mothballs? Loraas would like to remind you that these items are not permitted in the curbside Saskatoon recycling program as they are considered hazardous waste. Remember, all the items around your home have specific requirements for disposal. Green solution: Did you know the City of Saskatoon participates in a Household Hazardous Waste Day multiple times throughout the year? Drop-off days allow for residents to safely discard of these items; making our landfills and environment happy. Find out more details on acceptable items by searching our website.

It’s evident from the above that green New Year’s resolutions are simple. The tough task is keeping these “promises” year round. Research has shown it only takes 21 days to create a routine. To ensure you keep on the right path, start by being realistic and reasonable when choosing your green resolution. Work out the details before you commence into your new green goal to guarantee you will be able to complete it with full confidence. Keeping a journal is an excellent way to work out barriers that may arise and to track your success. Finally, going public with your commitment will give you that extra push and support system. Make 2018 your best year by going green!

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