Help Save the Environment
Are you concerned with how high your carbon emissions are? Follow these common tips for reducing your carbon footprint:
- Turn off your lights whenever you leave a room, even if it is for a short period of time.
- Unplug your electronics when not in use (including your computer). Most electronics still use some energy even when turned off.
- Set your thermostat two degrees cooler in the winter and two degrees warmer in the summer.
- Clean or replace your air filters on your air conditioner at least once a month.
- Replace any incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) or Light-Emitting Diodes (LED).
- Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
- Use dishwashers instead of washing your dishes by hand. Generally, dishwashers use less hot water than washing by hand.
- Put a liter bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the water in your tank.
- Use low-flow showerheads in your showers and faucet aerators in your sinks to conserve water.
- Start a compost pile for grass clippings, leaves, vegetable peelings, fruit rinds, and barnyard animal manure.
- Recycle! Recycling allows some materials to be reused and prevents other hazardous materials from contaminating our soil.
- Use recycled paper and recycle printer cartridges: only print when necessary and print on both sides of the paper.
- Carpool to work and for personal trips. Consider walking, biking, or using mass transportation as an alternative. Reduce the number of trips you take by habit.
- Drive during non-peak hours. Turn your car off when you are just idling.
- Consider purchasing a hybrid or more efficient car if you drive frequently. Use radial tires and keep them properly inflated.
- Buy local products when possible to reduce the number of products that are transported long distances.