21 Eco-Friendly New Year's Resolutions

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  • Dec 16, 2020

Happy New Year from CleanChoice Energy! Our New Year’s Resolution is to help as many people as we can choose 100% clean, renewable energy. Still thinking of your own resolution? Here are some ideas for New Year’s Resolutions to help you reduce your impact on the environment in 2021 and beyond: 

1. Reduce your energy usage. Using less energy is one of the most impactful ways you can reduce your impact on the planet and help combat climate change. Check out our blog post with tips to help you save energy during the winter. 

2. Eat more plant-based foods. Eating a plant-based diet can have significant positive impacts on the environment. Try giving up meat at least one day a week to reduce the impact of your meals. 

3. Recycle more—and better. Recycling is an important way to reduce waste, but it’s only effective if you do it correctly. Check out our Recycling 101 guide for tips!

4. Start composting. Composting is a great way to enrich soil while keeping food waste out of landfills, where it takes up space and releases harmful methane gas. Check out our blog post for composting tips!

5. Educate yourself more on environmental issues, the communities already affected by climate change, and your own impact on the environment. Need a place to start? Check out this blog post or these books on the important topic of environmental justice, or follow these climate voices.

6. Use your voice to advocate for the environment. Urge your elected officials to support legislation and other measures that will help protect our planet, and sign petitions on platforms such as Care2 to support various efforts to help the environment.

7. Talk to your loved ones about the environment. Having conversations with and educating others about the environment is an important way to help protect it. Here are some tips to help you talk to your family or children about climate change and ways you can teach kids to appreciate the environment

8. Donate to environmental organizations. Consider supporting any of these amazing organizations that work tirelessly to protect our planet. 

9. Support businesses that care about the environment and take actions such as using renewable energy. Check out our blog post to find out some of the most environmentally conscious brands.

10. Avoid buying new clothes. Shop at thrift or consignment stores to reduce fashion waste. Also, try to donate any unwanted clothes or recycle them at H&M rather than throwing them away.

11. Try upcycling clothes, furniture, or decor, rather than buying brand new or wasting any materials. Check out these creative ideas!

12. Avoid using single-use plastics such as plastic grocery bags, water bottles, utensils, or snack bags. Check out these tips to help you live plastic-free in 2021!

13. Live waste-free by using wool dryer balls, Stasher reusable snack bags, Blueland cleaning products, or these reusable products!

14. Reduce the amount of food you waste. Food waste is a serious environmental issue. Be more diligent about cooking, food shopping, and eating leftovers to cut back the amount of food you throw away.

15. Buy local, seasonal produce to reduce the environmental impact of your food. You can also try growing your own produce in your garden or in planters!

16. Take steps to make your home more eco-friendly by replacing all of your traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs, installing Energy Star appliances, or investing in a smart thermostat

17. Reduce your transportation footprint by walking or biking instead of driving, taking public transportation, switching to an electric or hybrid car, opting for virtual meetings and events, driving less in general, or even offsetting your emissions.

18. Establish better eco-friendly habits in your home. Be more diligent about turning off the lights when you leave a room, taking shorter showers at a lower temperature, and hanging your laundry to dry instead of using the dryer.

19. Spend more time volunteering for the planet by planting trees or cleaning up a local park, trail, or beach. 

20. Take time each day to step away from your screens and spend time outside. Save energy and enjoy the outdoors!

21. Choose clean energy! The average CleanChoice customer prevents about 18,876 lbs of carbon pollution annually. That's like preserving 6 acres of forest or giving up your car for more than an entire year! Sign up for 100% clean, renewable energy today to help protect our planet for future generations.

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