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Resolution Solution: 20 Ways to Go Green in 2013

If your New Year's resolution is to live a greener lifestyle, check out these 20 tips to help you stick to your plan.

If you want to be kinder to the planet and save some money at the same time, here are 20 ways to go green in 2013.

  1. Buy fresh, local food in season at your local farmers market.
  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 and thrift stores. 
  5. Rip up some lawn and create new garden beds this spring, and then grow your own food this summer. Need help getting started?  Contact your local gardening supply store. Your kids will 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 to support local, sustainable farming and enjoy fresh veggies weekly.
  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. Pack cloth napkins instead of paper towels in school lunches.
  11. Look for an environmental service project you can do with your children, such as removing trash and non-native plants and planting trees in their place.
  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 that will provide privacy and shade and even years of fresh fruit. Find a certified arborist in your area.
  14. Dump your bottled water costs. You could save hundreds of dollars by buying snazzy metal water bottles for everyone in the family and a personal filter for your kitchen faucet. 
  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 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 and parents can 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 on 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. Check with your local utility to see if they offer this service.
  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 walking or babysitting, or a day of organizing support for the clutter challenged.

Do you think you could stick to a green New Year's resolution? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments sections below.

ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 30, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Scott Z. You hit nail on head. What concerns me most is God knows that too. My suggestions to go greener,are, stop running red lights and be sure to take your wife with you to go shopping.
S.A.P. December 30, 2012 at 07:33 PM
LMAO @ Stamford. I don't need to explain myself to you, but an intelligent person would see that I was trying to clarify my point. Of course people who live in Redlands need to heat their houses. It gets cold out there! I read this article on Seal Beach Patch, and was unaware that I had been redirected to an area's Patch that is so far from home. Heating a home in Seal Beach would cost next to nothing, which is why I thought it was strange that it was mentioned several times in the article. Guess what? We don't need AC either! Way to get your point across without calling names. At least I am able to spell ((rolling eyes)). Politics have nothing to do with it. Very few people would consider me "left wing", and I don't under stand why the left wing people think they are the only ones who care about the environment. Everyone should do what they personally think is necessary. Oh look. We agree.
Gregory Brittain December 30, 2012 at 07:54 PM
As Czech President Václav Klaus said, ambitious environmentalism is the "the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, market economy and prosperity". The global warming/sustainability agenda is not about the environment, it is about Leftism. "Patrick Moore, co-founder of the environmental organization Greenpeace, isn’t too hot about global warming. Appearing on Fox Business Network with Stuart Varney on Thursday, he said global warming is a “natural phenomenon,” there’s no proof of man-made global warming, and suggested that “alarmism” is driving politicians to create bad environmental policies. He also said he’s not the only environmentalist that believes like he does. Moore is the author of the book, “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist,” in which he exposes the green movement and explains why he left the organization. While talking with Varney, he explained that departure was in part due to the group’s “extremist positions” and it being hijacked by political and social causes of the left." http://usactionnews.com/2011/01/greenpeace-founder-says-leftists-hijacked-environmental-movement-and-warming-is-natural/
S.A.P. December 30, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Gregory, I cut out the bottom of a box & use it to line my grocery bags. It gives the bag more stability and can easily be replaced when it gets dirty.
S.A.P. December 30, 2012 at 08:24 PM
LOL Bwood ;) Hearyeh: nope
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 30, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Gregg: Somewhere on the net, there is an account given by a person who went to a meeting between a good number of influential people and he gat a copy of their plan. This was not hokey. I wished you could find this. Amongst goals back when this metg took place,,decades ago..one of the goals was to establish extreme environmental controls to make it very hard to manufacture anything. The dumbing down of schools was also in there. This was by way of personal testimony and it will blow your socks off. I hope you can find this..Mtg at Berkely campus..no surprise. Bob
Gregory Brittain December 31, 2012 at 05:16 AM
The American Left has made its "long march" through America's cultural and educational institutions. The Left controls the universities, most of the K-12 government schools, the major foundations, the MSM and Hollywood. “Bill Ayers: The Left Must Utilize Its ‘Absolute Access’ To America’s Classrooms” http://www.theblaze.com/stories/bill-ayers-the-left-must-utilize-its-absolute-access-to-americas-classrooms/
Gregory Brittain December 31, 2012 at 05:23 AM
I am not sure this refers to the same meeting you are thinking of, but it is along the same lines. Grinding Down America http://vimeo.com/13722147 Grinding Down America extended http://vimeo.com/16647512
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 31, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Dear Greg: Yes, along same lines, but not the one I remembered. All of us make choices as to what is trustworthy. Personally, I believe the Bible to be the Word of God. This book, gives much insight into that which is not seen and goes on between the lines. I find much comfort in what God tells us. I have to be terse due to word limitations. The whole World is a battleground between God and Satan. Satan is revealed as a created spirit being (angel) who, at one time, occupied a very high position in God's Kingdom. He rebelled against his creator and was deposed. In his current authority, he is the god of this World. Not God, but the god of this world..for a time. Our time, our world is really like being in a grandstand watching the battle and the results. The world as we know it, Will be destroyed by the God who made it. And the final triumph will be a new world of peace and great beauty. The thing about God is His perception of time. "One day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." In then Psalms, He is likened as to a man asleep with His wine and who suddenly awakens. Strange analogy. But, there is a great evil behind what is going on now, and, in no way can man stop it. Just know, all of this is going to change, and believe me, it will get our attention.
Stamford Bridge January 01, 2013 at 06:42 PM
@ Shipwreck - My misuse of your/you're, admittedly unfortunate, can't hide the fact that that you are a POMPOUS DICK. Your ignorance of "Patch" policies doesn't add to your affliction, it merely gave the rest of us a window into what kind of a PD you are. If you have been so silver spooned your whole life and are incredibly fortunate to not know, or so sheltered that, you have never heard of the ultra-common phrase "heating bill", then you may want to learn some basic HUMAN qualities of dignity, respect, and understanding of your fellow man. Living in Seal Beach, obviously heating (The Gas Company) and Cooling (Edison, etc) are not something you generally worry about it. Living in a nicer community like that, unlike Redlands and many other towns in that vicinity, you are immune from those petty and costly expenses. But rubbing it in somebody's face like that is pig-like and offensive. You see, I have means and grew up with means, and unlike you, I know how to act among people without. But people like you are one of the most hideous aspects of our entire country. You have no class, nor do you have respect for your fellow mans plight, and quite regularly display it for the rest of us to see. Have you ever heard the expression "Act like you have been there before"? You may want to consider that...
S.A.P. January 02, 2013 at 12:16 AM
LMAO @Stamford. Get a sense of humor, and some reading comprehension. It was a joke, and one that the intended audience (Seal Beach Patch readers) would get. How sad for you that you are so eager to fly off the handle for something so silly. Speaking of "ignorance of Patch's policy", name calling & personal attacks are against the rules. I have a feeling that your comments will disappear soon, but know that I did see them & they gave me a chuckle. You see, unlike you, I have a sense of humor, and find your ridiculous rage over something so minor, laughable. I suggest in the new year you take a look at yourself & try to understand what it is that makes you so angry. Lighten up & I'll bet you have a much better 2013.
Stamford Bridge January 02, 2013 at 07:29 PM
@ Shipwreck - Your initial response to my calling you a Pompous Dick, was significantly more enlightening to the quality of your character. You and I can spar all day, I'm down, but it wont take away from the fact that you are a piece of garbage...
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 02, 2013 at 07:45 PM
There are several classifications of people and the Bible 1) Those who are not interested, but do not attack those who believe 2) Those who attack with great anger 3) Those who totaly trust it. There are number of curses by God upon certain nations, and one of note happened thousands of years ago and it was on Egypt. See if this fits : God said that He would send a perverse spirit into the land and the rulers would become like drunken men staggering in their own vomit and..."There would be no work for them to do" He also said He would laugh at them as he watched their complete inability to do the right things. No one is a piece of garbage, "For God so loved the World" Too bad the World does not love Him back. Hang on to your chairs...we are going to see His authority and what it is like when He removes His guiding hand. It will come down soon.
Bwood January 02, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Gregory and Robert, couldn't you call each other on your phones and continue your discussion at length? This will accomplish two things - it will free up a lot of bandwidth here on the Patch, and, you will stop boring the hell out of the rest of us with your tedious views on religion and politics..
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 03, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Bwood: Better idea...let the readers express their opinions. You seem to be speaking for alot of people.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 03, 2013 at 01:49 AM
"Not the fault of the bag" If anything, it is the fault of the person who made the bag.knowing that it might be thrown away wrongfully. The bag tried and tried to hang on, but just could not overcome its master.
Bwood January 03, 2013 at 05:03 AM
You are saying then that it is not the fault of the person disposing of the bag in an improper manner… Really.
Bwood January 03, 2013 at 05:09 AM
No worse, I suppose, than Mr. Brittain speaking for the right or you speaking for God.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 03, 2013 at 05:15 AM
Jumped ahead, Didn't I It was the fault of person pitching the bag, bprrowing from the gun argument....If guns were not available, people would not shoot people..so, eventually, someone will be killed by an empty bag and it will be the bag seller's fault.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 03, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Well, yes, the thowing of the bag was a deed of sorts. Now I am wondering how you can correctly discern boring and tedious. No offense, but after all of this, I am going to think of you every time I see an empty bag blowing around somewhere, Dont you see this in the same spirit as a roast? They are really funny sometimes
Bwood January 03, 2013 at 04:32 PM
This thread started out as "Resolution-Solution-20-Ways-to-Go-Green-in-2013." It seemed to be going ok until you decided to hijack it with a mini-sermon. I for one would appreciate it if you would just stay on topic and stop trying to impose your own agenda here.
S.A.P. January 03, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Stamford, your ranting opinion of me means less than nothing. Wear your angry little self out.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 03, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Bwood: yOU MAKE A VALID PT...WILL DO
Anabell Jones January 10, 2013 at 11:57 PM
I'm green by playing outside :P http://www.airsplat.com/states.htm
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Anabell: You are cute and refreshing in your comment Don't worry,,grass stains will wash out
LocalGuy March 01, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Yes let's trust a foreigner in a much smaller country to tell us how to do things in america of course (Sarcasm)
Richard Bortolazzo March 02, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Whew! Too much, already. Get paper bags at the store and put them in the recycle.
Albert Nelson March 02, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Herd 4 CD5, Vote Paul Koretz OUT March 5, worse than Jack Weis and with all his approved overdevelopment projects, all we have is traffic and pollution. Thanks Paul.
Terence Coates March 02, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Also, they forgot to mention that the EPA has determined that cows and cattle suffer from flatulence, adding to the greenhouse effect. A good way to help the environment would be to add "Beano" to their feed.
Terence Coates March 02, 2013 at 04:22 AM
I agree. NASA/JPL developed technology, for the Space Program, to allow our Astronauts to re-cycle their urine on long space flights. The government should send this technology to every household in the U.S. This would end the bottled water problem immediately.

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