REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

  • Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter will save energy as well as money.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with Light Emitting Diodes when they burn out; LEDs use about one-tenth of the electricity and last about forty times longer than incandescent bulbs. LEDs also contain no toxic mercury, reduce carbon dioxide emissions tenfold, and reduce annual operating costs by ten times.
  • If LEDs are either not available or not economically feasible, compact fluorescent light bulbs are the next best option; CFLs use one-third to one-fifth of the electricity and last eight to fifteen times longer than incandescent ones. Don’t forget to turn the lights off when you leave a room.
  • Unplug appliances when you are not using them to cut out “phantom” or “vampire” energy usage. Vampire energy costs consumers approximately $6 billion annually, and sends more than 87 billion pounds of heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
  • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. Most of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
  • Take shorter showers to reduce water use; turn the water off when you use soap, and turn it back on to rinse off. Taking a shorter shower can lower water as well as heating bills. Additionally, installing a low-flow showerhead will save water and energy.
  • Walk, bike, carpool, or use public transportation whenever possible. Walking and biking promote a healthier lifestyle,while carpooling with someone and using public transportation reduces emissions.
  • Bring a reusable bottle to school and fill it with water from the fountain.
  • Bring your own bags to the grocery store. If you need something to be bagged, keep the bag for future use.
  • Buy local and organic. Eating organic food cuts down on fertilizers that can be detrimental to ecosystems. Eating locally reduces the emission that would have been released into atmosphere from packaging and transportation of the produce.
  • Try to eat less meat. Besides being inhumane, livestock production significantly contributes to greenhouse gas production.
  • Think before you buy. Reuse Items. If you need items like books or DVDs see if you can borrow them from a friend or the library. If you cannot, consider buying a lightly-used copy. There is no need to buy a completely new textbook when your friend’s copy is sitting on the shelf.
  • Do not waste food. Put food on your plate that you know you will eat. Wasting food just increases the demand for polluting plastic trash bags and takes up more space in landfills.
  • Use washable tableware and silverware. Especially avoid plastic wear, as it is either burned or added to the ever-growing waste in a landfill.
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