Summer is nearly in full swing. Although the season may present challenges to staying environmentally friendly, it also brings many opportunities to make a difference! The following are great ways that you can become more eco-friendly this summer.

Use Your Feet

If you need to get somewhere close by, why not walk or bike instead of drive? Driving releases emissions into the environment. Walking doesn’t only help safeguard our planet. Choosing this option will also save you on fuel costs and help you get in some exercise! If you need to go somewhere further away, see if there are any public transportation options available such as a bus or train.

Go “Green”

Surround yourself with plants this summer! Consider starting your own garden. Focus on incorporating native plants. Not only will they create a habitat for native fauna, but they also require less water. You could also plant a vegetable garden. This way you’ll be able to eat your own produce instead of buying it from the store. Transporting fruits and vegetables from farms to stores across the state or country harms the environment, so why not grow some of your own food?

Don’t Waste Water

Summer is the time of year when the most water goes to waste. Do your part to reduce this amount. Start small, such as by taking shorter showers and remembering to turn off the faucet as you brush your teeth. Don’t leave a sprinkler on to water your lawn for extended periods of time.

While it’s important to stay hydrated, don’t waste water. You can use leftover drinking water to water your plants or refill your pet’s water bowl.

Go Paperless

There’s no time like the present to start cutting back on your paper usage. These days, most bills and statements are available online. You often don’t need a paper copy if you already have a virtual one. Consider taking some time to opt out of receiving paper updates from your bank, credit card company, and other groups. Most of this can be done online, or you can call your utility companies to ask.

Save Electricity

Although unplugging devices when they are not in use is important year round, be extra careful to unplug items such as fans during the summer. Most of the time they don’t need to be running when you aren’t at home. You can also cut back on electricity by limiting the use of your air conditioner.

Be mindful of your water, paper, and electricity consumption this summer. By taking small steps like these every day, you’ll be able to help make a difference in the security of our planet.