By Christina Krost
Clergy Spouse & PCC Committee Member
This year why not resolve to make a few simple lifestyle changes that could have a huge impact on the earth? Here are five things you can do this year to better care for creation:
1. Ditch the plastic. Carry a reusable bag with you for groceries, shopping and take-out food.
2. Clean with green. Clean your home with non-toxic and natural cleaning products. Just about anything can be cleaned with white vinegar, baking soda and a few drops of lemon.
3. Don't be a drip. Fix leaky faucets. A faucet that drips once each second can waste over 8 gallons of water per day and more than 3,000 gallons per year.
4. Drive Smarter Simple changes in our existing driving habits can improve fuel efficiency by up to 25 percent. Drive at or near the speed limit, keep your tires inflated, make sure oil and air filters are clean, and step on the gas and the brakes carefully. Driving like a drag racer may be fun, but it has a substantial environmental cost.
5. Buy Green Power From Your Utility Most utilities charge less than $5 per month extra. Not only will your power come from a renewable source, but you'll use the power of your spending to show utility executives and government officials that we need more investment in renewable-energy projects.