As the summer season starts to get closer, you may be thinking about things that you want to do around your home. If you care about the environment and want to make good choices that will make the world a better place, you also know how important it is to practice that environmentalism around your home. This can be hard, especially when it comes to home repairs or other major changes that are done on your property. Luckily, there are a few simple steps that you can take to make your summer a little bit greener around your home.

First, reduce waste whenever possible. One easy way to do this is to stop buying products that you don’t really need and to substitute reusable items for disposable ones. For example, you can stop buying bottled water at the store and switch to an alpine water cooler to make sure that you’re getting all of the hydration that you need with none of the waste. Similarly, think about the things that you typically buy for a get-together and vacation and replace disposable items with reusable ones. For example, plastic cups, plates, and utensils can be replaced by wood or metal ones.

Next, think about the appliances that you use every day and ways that you may be able to make them more efficient. If you use an air conditioner, have it serviced regularly to make sure that it is working well. If it is not working as well as it can be and you want to buy a new one, make sure that it has an Energy Star certification, which means that it is more efficient and green. Also, make sure that you replace your filters regularly so that they are working well and are as clean as they need to be.

Finally, this summer, consider planting native plants that will attract beneficial insects. For example, milkweed can help to feed native butterflies as they travel across the land. Talk to someone at your local garden center for more advice and ideas.