Sustainability Tips For Spring

In this brief guide, we outline some potential sustainability tips for spring

Because spring is a transitionary season of the year, in addition to providing some spring 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 Spring Different As A Season Compared To Summer & Winter?

Spring is a transition season from winter to summer.

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.

Notable things that might happen during the spring season might be:

– Trees, plants and flowers begin to bloom and grow again after dying or losing their leaves in autumn or winter

– The temperature starts to increase, going from colder to warmer

– In some places, the amount of sunlight available in the day might increase

 

Sustainability Tips For Changes That Come About During Spring Specifically

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

– Temperature Increasing, & Weather Becoming Warmer

As the weather becomes warmer, people may start to wear lighter and shorter clothing.

Some may also start to cool the house on warmer days. Using floor fans over more energy intensive cooling may be a more sustainable way to provide cooling in specific rooms.

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

 

– Increased Amount Of Sunlight In The Day

As there is more sunlight available in the day, less artificial lighting might need to be used.

To make the most of increased lighting inside buildings, it makes sense to have glass windows and doors, that can let sunlight in naturally. Blinds and window coverings may need to be put up to do this.

The sun/sunlight may also be used in some instances for warming the inside of buildings on colder days, via glass windows and doors.

 

Other Potential Sustainability Tips For Spring

Some other potential sustainability tips for spring might be:

– Consider Foods That Are In Season Locally During Spring 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 spring months.

 

Sustainability Tips For Warmer Weather

Some days in spring 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 spring 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

 

 

Sources

1. Various ‘Better Meets Reality’ guides

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