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6 Green Ways to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On January 2, 2012 @ 7:32 pm In Design for Health,energy efficiency,Features | No Comments

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GET A BETTER JOB (or just get a job)

Advancing professionally is a goal that many people set for themselves at the beginning of the year but with unemployment so high, even finding a job to begin with is tough these days. If you’ve been wanting to make more money, do something more rewarding or heck, just secure a place in the job force, obtaining LEED accreditation [5] or other green credentials is a surefire way to make your resume look better. Unlike many other sectors, green jobs are actually on the rise [6], so if you’re looking to find a fulfilling career, better pay and job security, check out some of the coolest green jobs [7] here.

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STOP WASTING FOOD

Can you still hear your parents telling you to think of all of the starving children every time you trash that takeout you forgot to finish? With our busy lifestyles and so many yummy offerings at the supermarket, it’s pretty easy to end up literally throwing away pounds of food and money each week, a practice that is as bad for the environment [8] as it is for your wallet. The good news is that all it takes to fix this problem is a little bit of a design change in your refrigerator. By setting up a fridge triage box [9], you can modify your behavior and that of your family by making it super obvious what needs to be eaten pronto before it goes bad. As simplistic as it may seem, this small addition to your kitchen can make a big difference in the amount of CO2 that results from food waste as well as on your annual grocery budget.

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LOSE WEIGHT

Losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle is at the top of most people’s New Year’s resolutions but we all know how hard it is to keep with it. If you’ve found that despite purchasing a gym membership for hundreds of bucks a year, you have yet to actually step foot inside the place, why not build a mandatory workout into your daily commute by ditching your car and either walking or biking [10] to work? It may be tough to adjust at first but once you see the pounds falling off, you’ll be glad you made the change. The added bonus for the environment is one less car on the road, and the gas money you’ll save every day is a nice little added incentive as well!

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GET ORGANIZED

Could your home be on an episode of “Hoarders”? If so, use the new year as an excuse to clean it up and get organized! Clear out the clothing, furniture and other stuff you don’t need without sending it to a landfill by donating it to Goodwill [11] or your local thrift shop, or sell it on a collaborative consumption [12] site like Copious [13] to start 2012 with some extra cash in your pocket.

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EAT HEALTHIER

We all know the nasty health issues associated with processed foods, so why not make 2012 the year you change your eating habits for the better? Nowadays, many cities have farmers markets [14]with fresh veggies, fruits and more and a lot of supermarkets have sections devoted to food that was made or grown locally. Making these kinds of foods a larger part of your diet is of course better for your health but it also means less CO2 emitted because these items don’t have to be trucked across the country or flown from other parts of the world.

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SAVE ENERGY (and $$)

One of the easiest resolutions to nip in the bud right now is to save energy [15] and money by installing an electricity monitor like the Kill-a-Watt. If your TV and other appliances have power-save modes [16], make sure that they’re all turned on, and switch out your light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs. You’ll definitely want to continue being mindful about turning off your lights and appliances when they’re not in use during the rest of the year, but making these small changes right now will get you off to a great start.


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[3] 2012: http://inhabitat.com/green-design-predictions-for-2012/

[4] green living: http://inhabitat.com/

[5] LEED accreditation: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/becoming-a-leed-accredited-professional.html

[6] green jobs are actually on the rise: http://inhabitat.com/green-companies-provide-hundreds-of-jobs-for-returning-veterans/

[7] coolest green jobs: http://inhabitat.com/top-5-coolest-green-jobs-that-are-not-desk-jobs/

[8] bad for the environment: http://inhabitat.com/food-industry-wages-war-against-food-waste/

[9] fridge triage box: http://clossette.com/how-to-stop-wasting-food-and-money-with-a-fridge-triage-box/

[10] biking: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=bike

[11] Goodwill: http://www.goodwill.org/

[12] collaborative consumption: http://inhabitat.com/10-cool-collaborative-consumption-websites-that-let-you-swap-your-way-to-better-stuff/

[13] Copious: http://www.ecouterre.com/copious-a-new-marketplace-that-lets-you-sell-buy-preloved-goods/copious-1/

[14] farmers markets : http://inhabitat.com/nyc/the-best-in-season-vegetables-to-buy-at-your-local-greenmarket-for-thanksgiving-dinner/

[15] save energy: http://inhabitat.com/10-easy-tips-to-cut-your-home-energy-bill-this-winter/

[16] power-save modes: http://reviews.cnet.com/green-tech/tv-power-saving-tips/

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