If you live in a part of the country with cold winters, you probably already know about the benefits a humidifier can provide for your skin and your respiratory health. But you may not be aware that using a humidifier can also help reduce your heating bills. The more moisture there is in the air, the warmer it will feel. When running a humidifier, you can reduce the heat from your furnace by a couple of degrees and maintain the same degree of comfort. And in winter, comfort is what it’s all about!

During the holiday season, it’s easy to put green efforts aside. With the abundance of wrapping paper, the large meals and individually packaged gifts, keeping sustainability in mind is tough. However, it’s not impossible! Here are four ways you can enjoy your holidays while also being conscious of your environmental impact and reducing your “holiday footprint.”

Have you ever heard of the Three R’s of Sustainability? They are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. In the past couple of years, we added “Refuse” and “Rot” to the R’s. These are equally as important as the original three…but we can chat about those in later newsletters. This Green Tip will focus on the first R: […]

Fire retardants are one those things that sound like a good idea at first. Who wouldn’t want to protect one’s family from the risk of a household fire? But it turns out that fire-retardant chemicals, even the “new” ones, have been linked to toxicity concerns such as cancer and endocrine disruption. They also don’t break down cleanly in landfills once the products treated with them are discarded. If you have no choice but to have furniture or carpeting with these chemicals in your home, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to clean them. And if you are concerned about chemicals in children’s pajamas or other clothing, choose items made from natural fibers that are naturally fire resistant. Unfortunately, we’ll never be able to steer clear of all the potentially harmful chemicals in our environment—that’s why it is so important to take control where we can!

Ah, to see green again! Trees, gardens and lawns are coming alive quickly. That means, of course, a bit of work for us in caring for those precious living things, including that unending lawn mowing. To green up that process as well, consider mowing this year with an old-fashioned push mower instead of a gas-powered mower. If you don’t have huge territories to cut, today’s push mowers are virtually as convenient as gas mowers. They are much lighter-weight and easier to handle than the ones you used as a kid, and they don’t produce pollutants or greenhouse gases.

It’s easy to get comfortable on vacation, enjoy the luxuries, and neglect taking care of Mother Earth. This Earth Day, April 22, practice some small changes that can have a huge impact, but won’t kill your relaxed vacation mindset.

LEAVE YOUR CAR PARKED

Reduce your carbon footprint by walking, biking, or taking public transportation around Breckenridge. Not only are these options cheaper, but they can have a profound impact on the environment and you will probably notice some new sights on your way. You never know where a friendly fox could be hanging out!

SAY NO TO RECEIPTS

Do you really need that receipt? By choosing “no” you’ll not only save paper, but you’ll also save yourself exposure to the petroleum product BPA, which is present in the thermal paper. BPA has been linked to numerous health problems, including cancer, heart disease, and reproductive issues. And besides, what do you do with all those pesky little pieces of paper anyway?

RECYCLE

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is committed to sustainable business practices. Part of this effort is placing a strong focus on recycling and composting. There are numerous recycling bins placed throughout each property and inside the units. If you have any questions about what can or cannot be recycled, refer to this guide.

REUSE

Help eliminate additional waste and water consumption by reusing items. Hang up your towels after use, place the card indicating you don’t need your towels changed on your outer door, and enjoy your day knowing that you are having a positive impact on water consumption. Bring your reusable bags with you while out shopping in town. If you don’t have one, they can be purchased at the markets on property or at City Market. While you are out in town, pick up an eco-friendly reusable water bottle. This is not only a great souvenir, but will help eliminate waste.