Sustainability Tips For Fall (& Autumn)

In the guide below, we outline what might be some sustainability tips for fall (which is referred to as ‘autumn’ in some countries)

Because fall/autumn is a transitionary season of the year, in addition to providing some fall/autumn specific sustainability tips, we’ve also included links to guides we’ve previously written that contain sustainability tips for both hotter and colder weather. 

The tips in the guide below might complement more generalized tips for living sustainably


Firstly, What Makes Fall/Autumn Different As A Season Compared To Summer & Winter?


In some northern hemisphere countries like the US, fall is a ‘transition’ season from summer to winter.

The weather may be more moderate in this season compared to summer and winter – it may not be as hot as summer, nor as cold as winter.

Three notable things that might happen during the fall season might be:

– The temperature drops, and goes from warmer to colder

– The amount of sunlight in the day decreases, and the days get shorter

– Leaves begin to drop from trees and plants



It’s worth noting that in some southern hemisphere countries like Australia, the equivalent transition season of ‘fall’ is actually ‘autumn’

In comparison to fall, during autumn:

– The temperature might be slightly warmer

– There might be slightly more sunlight in the day

– Leaves might not drop from trees as heavily (but this depends on the trees and plant life found in a country too)


Sustainability Tips For Changes That Come About During Fall Or Autumn Specifically

Below we include some potential sustainability tips for dealing with the potential changes that come about specifically during fall or autumn:

– Temperature Dropping, & Weather Becoming Colder

As the weather becomes colder, people may start to wear warmer clothing, and consider heating inside the home.

The guide we link to below about ‘sustainability tips for winter’ may have some relevant tips about managing the colder weather.


– Less Sunlight In The Day

As there is less sunlight available in the day, more artificial lighting might be used inside buildings and the home.

Energy efficient lighting technology, such as LED bulbs, might be more sustainable than some other types of lighting.

Additionally, using cleaner or more sustainable energy suppliers for electricity in the home may help.


– Leaves Falling/Dropping From Trees & Plants

Leaving leaves that drop from trees to decompose as organic waste is one option that might be relatively sustainable.

However, a couple of other potentially sustainable options might be:

Gathering leaves and using them as mulch for soil/gardens and other applications (if practical)

Gathering leaves and using them in compost (if practical)


Other Potential Sustainability Tips For Fall & Autumn

Some other potential sustainability tips for fall or autumn might be:

– Consider Foods That Are In Season Locally During Fall/Autumn Months

Local foods may help save on some transport and storage requirements, so considering adding some of them to a weekly diet (as long as it’s safe/healthy to do so), may be more sustainable.

This is region specific though, so you will have to research what foods are in season in your area (locally) during these months.


Sustainability Tips For Warmer Weather

Some days in fall may be warmer days.

We previously put together a separate guide with some potential sustainability tips for summer and warmer weather.

A summary of some of those tips might be:

– Consider the use of ‘sustainable’ sun protection products (like ‘sustainable’ sunscreen)

– Consider the use of ‘sustainable’ warmer weather clothes

– Consider the use of cleaner energy at home

– Use a floor fan where possible

– Use energy efficient cooling devices and systems where possible

– Use cooling devices and systems in a sustainable way

– Reduce heat getting into home, & allowing cool air in where possible

– Be sustainable with watering of outdoor areas and plants

– Consider the impact of at-home pools

– Consider how sustainable housing and building design plays a role in overall sustainability


Sustainability Tips For Colder &/Or Wetter Weather

Some days in fall may be colder and/or wetter days.

We previously put together a separate guide with some potential sustainability tips for winter and colder &/or wetter weather.

A summary of some of those tips might be:

– Considering the use of ‘sustainable’ clothes for colder weather

– Considering the use of a more ‘sustainable’ energy supplier for the home

– Putting on warmer clothes before immediately trying to heat up the house

– Consider the use of a fireplace and firewood where practical and affordable for heating

– Consider the sustainability footprint and energy efficiency of different heaters

– Use energy efficient heating devices and systems

– Use heating devices and systems in a sustainable way

– Reduce cold getting into the home, and allowing heat and sunlight in where possible

– Consider the use of rainwater collection/harvesting at home in regions with more rainfall

– Consider how sustainable housing and building design plays a role in overall sustainability




1. Various ‘Better Meets Reality’ guides



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