2021 is finally here, and with a new year comes new possibilities. As we look forward to the year ahead, we’re making a list of all the things we can accomplish together by making good choices for the planet. No matter where you are on your green journey, we’re here to help you take the next step.
Here are a few of the good choices you can make today that will have a positive impact on this beautiful planet.
Ditch the gas guzzler. Drive an EV.
Electric vehicles are more affordable than ever these days, so now is the perfect time to ditch your old gas-powered car for one that rides on pure electricity. Transportation is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions in the U.S., so buying an electric vehicle means plugging into a cleaner transportation landscape. We can even help you out, too, with EV buying experts, charging station maps and 100% solar energy plans tailored for electric vehicle drivers so you can live green and drive clean.
Avoid the landfill. Compost your food waste.
Food scraps and yard waste make up more than 30% of what we throw away. When these organic waste products reach landfills and start to decompose, they release harmful greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, directly contributing to climate change. Why not use them to help your plants and garden grow instead? Composting is a process that breaks down organic waste products into a nutrient-rich substance – compost – that makes for top-notch fertilizer. You can compost almost any organic waste, too, from coffee grounds to sawdust to old newspapers to vacuum cleaner lint!
Forget the grocery store. Shop at your local farmers market.
The produce in your grocery store seems harmless enough, right? Well, when you start to track all the packaging and trips in delivery trucks it took to get from the farm to the produce aisle, that Granny Smith apple suddenly has a huge carbon footprint. By getting all your produce from your local farmers market, you can cut out the carbon middleman, support farmers in your area and get delicious-tasting food at the same time!
Leave single-use plastic on the shelf. Go with reusable products.
Single-use plastic products like shopping bags and water bottles add tons of unnecessary trash to the waste stream every day. Next time you’re going out shopping, bring along reusable bags and carry a refillable water bottle wherever you go.
Shrink your carbon footprint. Choose 100% clean electricity.
There’s no way around it: when we make cleaner choices for ourselves, we help make the planet greener. One of the best choices you can make for a cleaner planet is to commit to clean energy for your home. By powering your home with 100% clean electricity, you’re cutting out one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions in your life. It’s a good choice that supports a healthier planet. When 2022 rolls around, you can say you did you part to help make our planet cleaner and greener.