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Eco-Friendly Fall Cleanup

September 15, 2014

eco-friendly fall cleanupFall is a great time to Go Green with an eco-friendly fall clean-up indoors and out! Here are a few tips on making the most of your time:

1. GREEN YOUR LEAVES. According to the Audubon Society, American yards generate two tons of clippings each year. Don’t throw away yard waste into landfills.  Instead, use leaves as mulch around trees and bushes to help protect them through the cold winter or add yard clippings to your compost pile. Don’t have a compost pile? See if your community offers a industry compost site that accepts yard waste.  Not sure what you can compost? Check out the EPA’s website to see the DO’s and DON’Ts of composting.

2. MUSCLE OVER MACHINES. Did you know a typical riding lawn mower actually produces four times as much pollution per hour as a car.? Use that muscle power instead of fossil fuels by ditching the leaf blower and pick up a rake instead. Opt for a push mower instead of gas powered when mowing your grass.

3. INSPECT THE FIREPLACE. More than likely your fireplace has sat dormant for several months this summer. Be prepared for the first cold snap by having your fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional.

4. SPRING CLEAN FOR FALL. Clean the house top to bottom with natural cleaning products before sealing windows and doors for the winter. Baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and water are all great ways keep your home clean, germ-free and free of toxic chemicals. Add a few indoor plants to purify the air and improve indoor air quality throughout the winter.

5. DISPOSE OF HAZARDOUS WASTE PROPERLY. Now’s the time to clean out the garage and closets and dispose of items you no longer use. But remember, items like pool chemicals, old paint, spray cans, used batteries and more do NOT belong in the landfill. Contact your local government to see how to dispose of these items properly and safely. Live local? The Town of Marshfield will be having a Home Hazard Waste Collection on September 20, 2014 from 9am-1PM at Furnace Brook Middle School.

6. INSPECT YOUR AMERICAN FLAG. Summer sun and wind can take a toll on your American Flag. Take a minute this fall and replace your tattered American Flag and dispose of the old one correctly. Local folks can find a disposal bin at the Marshfield Town Hall.

7.CHECK THE PRESSURE. Cooler temperatures lower tire pressure and that, in turn, lowers fuel efficiency. So, be sure to check the air pressure in your tires regularly.

8. PREP THE FURNACE. Soon it will be time to turn on your furnace again. Be sure to have it cleaned and tested before you really need it! Check your owners manual for proper maintenance or call a professional. If you have a gas furnace, have it professionally inspected once a year. Keeping a well maintained furnace will not only keep you warmer this winter, it will be more energy efficient as well.

9.INSPECT WINDOWS. Check windows for proper caulking. If you have single-pane windows, add storm windows. Even a plastic film over windows will reduce heat loss and save on your energy bill.

10. REMOVE AIR CONDITIONERS. Using a window air conditioner during the summer months? Be sure to remove it for the winter. If it can’t be removed, seal it with caulking or tape and cover it with an airtight, insulated jacket.

11.INSPECT GUTTERS. Clean the roof gutters and make sure downspouts are pointed away from the house. Thinking about installing  a rain barrel? Now’s a perfect time to add this to your home! Visit the GoGreen Web Directory to find out more.

12. PREPARE YOUR SPIGOTS. Remove your water hose from the spigots and store for the winter. Install foam covers over outside water spigots to prevent freezing.

How do you plan on preparing for an eco-friendly fall cleanup?

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