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Five easy ways to green up autumn

Today marks the start of the first full week of autumn, and the season’s first cold front has arrived in central Texas right on schedule. As a transitional season, autumn is the perfect time to take some simple steps to bring more “green” into your life. Here are five easy things you can do this season that will pay dividends for years to come.

1. Replace old or worn weatherstripping. The cooler weather makes it a perfect time to seal those gaps around doors and windows and prevent your hard earned heating and cooling dollars from vanishing into thin air. Check out Energysavers.gov to compare different types of weatherstripping to determine which is best for your home.

2. Plant a tree. Autumn is the best time to plant trees in central Texas. The cooler weather ahead allows the tree to establish strong roots before the return of hotter weather. Check out the city’s native plants guide to find the right tree for your property.

3. Replace burned out lights with energy saving CFL or LED bulbs. The days are getting shorter and the lights will be on more as we head into winter. Replacing incandescent bulbs with newer, energy saving models can result in substantially less energy usage.

4. Take a hike. Hiking and autumn go together. There’s no greener way to spend a day than outside surrounded by the beauty of central Texas.

5. Plant your own herbs. If you like herbs like cilantro, oregano and basil; consider growing your own. You’ll save money and enjoy the better flavor fresh herbs provide. Best of all, they can be grown indoors or on a patio year round in the Austin area.

For more information:

Energysavers.gov

City of Austin Native Plants Guide

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