The Shamrock Effect: 3 Ways to Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day is a grand occasion, and one of my personal favorites. It’s a day when everyone in America can adopt the Irish heritage. Of course green is the signature color for a holiday that celebrates the Emerald Isle, so thinking green for the day makes even more sense! With March 17th around the corner, here are some tips to help you live a little greener on St. Patrick’s Day, as well as the rest of the year.

Go Green by Saving Blue

It may rain a lot in Ireland, but that’s not so elsewhere, and whether inspired by a water shortage or a soaring water bill, saving water does a lot o’good. Fortunately, there are plenty of quick and easy ways to cut back on water:

– Install a low flow shower head (prices start around $13) and stem the tide of water waste.

– Fill the sink and turn off the faucet—and if you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher, wait till it’s full to run it—both the environment and your bank account will thank you.

– This may shamrock your world, but if you’re using a conventional toilet, you’re probably flushing 12,500 gallons of water per year! Retrofit and save the blue with these easy steps.

Help Your Car—and the Air

Ring in the spring with a once-over on your wheels.  Not only can regular maintenance and tune-ups such as changing the oil and checking tire inflation improve gas mileage and reduce traffic congestion caused by preventable breakdowns—they can cut your car’s emissions in half! If you recall our blog from November, AAA is an excellent resource for seasonal maintenance tips.

Choose a Different Kind of Greenhouse

If you crave corned beef & cabbage, soda bread and a pint next Thursday, buy local or regionally-produced goods for your St. Pat’s spread. You’ll be supporting the local economy and enjoying the freshest products—but you’ll also help reduce the need for long-distance food distribution that now accounts for up 17 times more greenhouse gas than local or regionally produced food.

Going green does not have to be as challenging as finding gold at the end of a rainbow, a few small tweaks and you are well on your way to a healthy, cleaner lifestyle – Sláinte!

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