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What You Can Do at Home!

  • Replace (3) frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
    (reduce your carbon footprint by roughly 450 pounds a year)
  • Car pool, use public transportation or drive a fuel-efficient car
    (reduce your carbon footprint by 1 pound for every mile you do not drive)
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage
    (reduce your carbon footprint another 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved – assuming 20 mpg)
  • Change your car's air filter regularly
  • Run your dishwasher only when it’s full
  • Make sure your printer paper is processed chlorine-free, 100 percent post-consumer recycled
  • Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer
    (reduce your carbon footprint by approximately 2,000 pounds)
  • Keep your water heater insulated and the thermostat no higher than 120°F
  • Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended
  • Take shorter showers because showers account for two-thirds of all water heating costs
  • Use a low-flow showerhead because less water means less energy to heat the water
    (reduce your carbon footprint by roughly 50 pounds a year)
  • Use cold water to wash your clothes
    (reduce your carbon footprint by about 500 pounds a year)
  • Buy locally and reduce the amount of energy required to drive your products to your store
  • Buy products with less packaging and recycle paper, plastic and glass
    (reduce your garbage by 10 percent and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by approximately 1,200 pounds a year)
  • Plant a tree because trees utilize carbon dioxide and produce oxygen for us to breathe
  • Buy energy-efficient appliances
  • Weatherize and insulate your home, and consider double pane windows
  • Turn off what you’re not using and even unplug electronics you’re not using
    (reduce your carbon footprint by thousands of pounds a year)
  • Buy organic food because the chemicals used in modern agriculture pollute the water supply, and require energy to produce

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