Go Green Resolutions for 2016
By Kevin Pink, Customer Service & Marketing Assistant
2015 is winding down. As you gather with friends and loved ones, you may be thinking about a New Year’s resolution , and possibly about how you kept your last resolution (or didn’t) in 2015. If you didn’t, you’re not alone- many people struggle to keep their resolutions. You’re in luck, however, because we’ve got some tips to help you hit your green goals this year. Here are five great ideas for green resolutions in 2016!
- Save energy. Determine your energy use, then figure out how you can reduce it by a significant amount- 30% or more! One way to help with this is to get a no-cost Home Energy Assessment through the Mass Save® program. Mass Save is an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, including, The Berkshire Gas Company, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, Liberty Utilities and Unitil. Call 866-527-7283 to sign up for an assessment today!
- Choose green energy. In Massachusetts, you can choose your energy supplier. Consider a program like the Mass. Energy New England GreenStart or New England Wind, which offer 100% local renewable energy.
- Commit to reuse. Bring your own bags when you go shopping. Stop drinking bottled water and carry a high-quality reusable water bottle. Make your coffee at home and use a thermos instead of buying it in a Styrofoam cup. These little steps can save you a lot of money and are great ways to reduce waste at the same time.
- Don’t trash it, donate it! Thinking about renovating in 2016? Carefully deconstruct and donate your kitchen cabinets. If you have some extra tiles, molding, or even screws, donate them to EcoBuilding Bargains instead of throwing them out. If you’re cleaning out your closet, remember to keep your local Goodwill Industries in mind. If you can’t donate, contact CET or your local DPW to ask how to recycle it.
- Travel smarter. If you can, bike or walk to work, and watch the holiday pounds melt away! If you can’t do that, talk to some coworkers about carpooling. You’ll reduce wear and tear on your vehicles, save gas, and reduce carbon emissions, all of which will save you money!
Remember, no green step is too small! If you have any questions, or just want some ideas about how to get started, feel free to call us at 413-445-4556. From all of us here at the Center for EcoTechnology, have a safe and happy New Year!