Part of the allure of living in a mountain community is the stunning beauty of the natural landscape. As part of an active community, it is our job to honor nature’s systems and recognize our interdependence with our ecosystem.
There is much work to be done in our mountain community and there are many ways to contribute. Whether it’s recycling everyday or helping out at a local community garden, every action counts.
It’s important to become involved in community programs created to foster sustainability in our community.
Recycling is part of the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ hierarchy and may be the easiest and most effective task you can do to promote sustainability. Either through curbside recycling through your trash collection service or recycling items and nearby centers, this is an easy way to convert waste materials into reusable objects to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution from incineration and reduce water pollution from landfills by decreasing the need for “conventional” waste disposal and lowering greenhouse gas emissions compared to plastic production.
Unlike other areas of the country, deer and elk are problems for those who like to grow their own vegetables. To avoid this issue, there are two community gardens in Evergreen, one near Buchanan Park and one near Wilmot Elementary School, to
offer residents a place to grow fresh food, herbs and flowers that is protected from wildlife and doesn’t violate HOA constraints on fencing or gardens.
- Lighting makes up about 10 percent of home energy costs. Save up to 75 percent of that energy by replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). They also last longer, saving money on replacements.
- By using the microwave, toaster or a counter-top grill rather than an oven, you’ll use less energy and avoid excess heat that increases room temperature.
- When you replace an appliance, shop for Energy Star rated equipment. Energy Star appliances use at least 15% (and sometimes as much as 75%) less energy than standard models.
- Heating water can account for 14 to 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F) and save energy (and avoid a surprise faucet-scalding).
- On average, households lose about 20 percent of their heated and cooled air through the duct system to the outside. To avoid wasting energy, have your ducts inspected to ensure they’re sealed properly and insulated if necessary.
- Programmable thermostats can save up to $150 a year on energy costs when used properly. Use one that can automatically turn off your cooling system when you are not home, and turn your system on in time for you to arrive home to a cooled house.
- EAS+Y website