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20 Ways to Go Green in Matawan and Aberdeen

If you're looking to live a greener lifestyle, check out these 20 tips to help you stick to your plan.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be kinder to the planet and save some money, here are 20 ways to go green:

  1. Buy fresh food locally at Livoti's Old World Market and DeMarco's. 
  2. Have your kids make their friends’ birthday cards and bring gifts in decorated paper bags or a cool reusable bag. Kids love getting a handmade card—as do adults.
  3. Bring your own bags when you shop for groceries. 
  4. Shop at consignment stores including My Sister's Closet, and thrift stores including MONARC.
  5. Rip out some lawn and create some new garden beds this spring and grow your own food this summer. Need help getting started?  Contact a local landscaper such as Seasons Matter. Your kids will also eat more veggies if they grow them themselves.
  6. Dispose of your hazardous waste properly. 
  7. Buy a share in a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm and support local, sustainable farming and enjoy weekly fresh veggies.
  8. Ditch those dreaded plastic sandwich bags and get some washable containers or bags. I like ReUsies, created by two Seattle moms.
  9. Cut down on car trips and run your errands on your bike or on foot. 
  10. Buy some cloth napkins and start packing them in school lunches instead of paper towel.
  11. Look for an environmental service project you can do with your children such as removing trash and non-native plants and planting trees.
  12. Got an older house? Install double-pane windows and you’ll see immediate savings on your heating bill.
  13. Plant a tree. A Certified Arborist can help you select and plant trees to provide privacy and shade and even years of fresh fruit.  
  14. Dump your bottled-water costs. Buy snazzy metal water bottles for everyone in the family and a personal filter for your kitchen faucet, and you could save hundreds of dollars.
  15. Organize a Halloween costume swap in September. This can be a great service project for a Girl Scout troop. Reserve a room at the Matawan Aberdeen Public Library and publicize to local parenting groups and preschools.
  16. Replace your old light bulbs with LED bulbs. They last 15 times longer and use 75 percent less energy.
  17. Expand your hand-me-down circle. Organize a clothing swap for your kids’ preschool or a group of friends. Everyone brings gently used and clean kids’ clothes to your garage; parents take as many items as they donated. The rest goes to charity. You can also swap toys and books.
  18. Replace your showerheads with low-flow models. Low-flow showerheads can save you up to 15 percent of water-heating costs and reduce your water usage by as much as 20,000 gallons a year.
  19. Save up to 30 percent on your monthly heating bills by having a home energy audit done by a professional.
  20. Give service and experience gifts this year instead of “stuff”. Make homemade gift certificates for services and experiences that could include “tech support”, dinner and a movie, yard work, pet or babysitting or a day of “organizing support” for the clutter challenged.

TELL US: Will you use any of these tips to go green? Share your thoughts in the comments sections below.

Aberdeen Guy February 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM
It would be nice to see a farmers market in matawan. Maybe at the train station. Or they could use that strange gap btw maloneys and that other restaurant. It would be a good way to get some foot traffic on main street
ChristineBalint February 28, 2013 at 01:14 PM
If you are making an alteration or addition to your home or commercial building or you are building brand new from the ground up, consider working with a sustainable architect who seriously takes a site responsive and green approach to building design. All buildings should be designed for the individual needs of their occupants and should be attractive. However for a building to function best its windows, overhangs, porches, roof lines and construction materials and methods should all respond to its individual site conditions such as, solar orientation, prevailing wind direction and access to views, to name a few.

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