So what is an environment-minded person to do at this time of year?
We turn up our furnaces, idle our car engines and use our ovens, stoves and clothes dryers more and for longer times. Holiday season means more purchasing and wrapping. Winter weather means no outdoor gardens and often less composting.
This season can be a challenging time for those trying to respect the Earth, but we can do many small things, which added up can make a significant difference in how much energy we use and how much garbage we produce.
Below are some sites with smart, easy ideas on how each one of us can be a little greener during winter:
EarthShare Winter Green Tips covers everything from green holidays, conserving energy in your home (while still staying warm!).
Washington State Winter Tips divides their green winter advice into four areas: holidays, at home, yard & garden and at play.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Winter Tips includes good reminders, including advice on recycling electronics and conserving water in winter.
We also have many books on how to be greener anytime of the year: