5 Eco-Friendly Home Maintenance Tips for Fall


| 9/10/2018 12:44:00 PM


As the leaves change color and the year begins to wrap up, many people take the time to prepare their homes and gardens to withstand the harsh winter months. However, autumn maintenance is also a great opportunity to make your home a little greener for the winter. Consider implementing the following eco-friendly tips into your fall chores to reduce your carbon footprint, save energy, and even cut down on your utility bill.

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1. Start a Compost Pile

Fallen leaves are plentiful this time of year, which means there’s no better time to start a compost pile than in the fall! In fact, you can secure most if not all of the materials you’ll need for free in your own yard, neighborhood, and/or local park. In addition to leaves, you may want to gather lawn clippings and leftover vegetables from your autumn lawn and garden cleanup to include in your compost pile. Fall decorations that would otherwise end up in the trashcan when the season comes to a close, such as straw bales, pumpkins, and corn stalks, will also make great additions to your pile.

To successfully compost fall waste, first chop up the leaves, grass clippings, and other leftovers using a mulcher or shears. This will make it much easier for the materials to break down and speed up the decomposition and composting process. Moisten the pile slightly, and then just let it be. Turn the pile once every month or so to keep things moving.

white house in fall
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2. Do an Outside House Check

It’s a good idea to check the outside of your house for any areas that might need attention, particularly windows and doors, in the fall before it gets too chilly. That way you won’t have to worry about repairing leaks or cracks in the middle of winter, and you’ll ensure that cold air stays out of your home and hot air stays in, which prevents you from turning up your thermostat and saves energy.