Going green: An easy New Year’s resolution

Did you know that New Year’s resolutions are nearly the same each year? The top three most popular resolutions this year are to exercise more, eat healthier and save money. The top three in 2018 were — you guessed it — to exercise more, eat healthier and save money. What hasn’t made the charts yet, but can benefit both your health and your wallet, is to go green.

Going green in 2019 is a New Year’s resolution that’s doable and one that you can incorporate into those resolutions you make year after year.

1. Exercising more

Instead of just buying a gym membership with the best of intentions, use your go-green resolution to make a small change (which experts say results in more success) that naturally forces you to get more exercise in your day.

Change your daily commute by switching to carpooling, vanpooling, public transportation or even biking to work. This will give you more time in your day for activities such as exercise. If you can bike or walk to work, even better.

Make the change

Did you know? SRP has promoted carpooling and vanpooling to employees since 1979. Employees can enter to win prizes in a monthly contest, and our Guaranteed Ride Home program ensures they’re never stranded. For cyclists, there are bike lockers and showers at almost every facility.

  • Get started by using ShareTheRide to find other people in your area who are interested in carpooling, vanpooling, public transportation or biking to work.
  • Need more inspiration to make a change? Calculate the cost of your commute to see just how much you can save (that’s right, you’ll be saving money too!).
  • Keep the momentum going by planning your daily commute with one of Valley Metro’s online tools.

The green side

By using alternative transportation, you can reduce your contribution to air pollution. With cleaner air, who wouldn’t be inspired to take a walk after work? Especially when you arrive home earlier.

2. Eating healthier

Are you planning to start a new diet for a new you in 2019? When you’re planning your meals, be sure to incorporate shopping local. You’ll be amazed at the variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables available at farmers markets. If you’re not sure how to use them, ask the farmer! They’re happy to give you some tips and tricks on how to cook with their healthy produce.

Make the change

The green side

Shopping local not only supports the local economy but also reduces air pollution since the food travels fewer miles to get to you. Walking around the market — or better yet, walking or biking there — is also a good way to fit in some more exercise.

Did you know? Our Local Roots employee program is all about shopping and eating local. An on-site farmers market hosted by Pepper Ranch rotates between SRP facilities and includes a loyalty program for frequent shoppers.

3. Save money

By changing your daily commute and shopping locally, you have already started to save money. Take it one step further by reducing and reusing. If you do need to buy something, then get it from a local business.

Make the change

  • Reduce how much you use. For example, instead of buying bottled water, invest in a reusable, insulated water bottle.
  • Refer to the Local First Arizona local business directory to make it easy to find what you are looking for.
  • Reuse as much and as often as possible. For example, during your next holiday or birthday celebration, collect those gift bags and boxes to use again.
  • Save energy by buying energy-saving appliances and taking advantage of SRP rebates and discounts.

The green side

Reducing, reusing and shopping local have countless benefits. But remember, while recycling does help, it’s actually better to simply use less. For example, most plastic water bottles are never recycled, and the recycling process is more complex and costly than many realize.

Did you know? At SRP we have taken recycling to the next level with the ReEnvision Waste program. Not only do we recycle at our facilities, but in 2018 we partnered with Recycled City to begin composting at our corporate offices.

Reducing your impact on the environment is good for your health and your wallet. To learn more about ways you can make sustainable New Year’s resolutions, take the Earth911 quiz.

Ashley Panter

Ashley Panter

Ashley works on the integrated marketing communications team at SRP focusing on all things web. She is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication with a bachelors in environmental science. On the weekends, Ashley can be found hiking, baking and at yoga class seeking inner peace.

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