Take Action in your Personal Life
Begin here: REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE
- Buy less
- avoid wasteful packaging
- buy reusable items
- keep durable goods
- Compost (According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), organic materials that could be composted form approximately one-third of the waste in U.S. landfills. For more information about composting, [Click here].
- Stop junk mail (For more information, [Click here].
- Go paperless
GO GREEN IN YOUR HOME
Use Less Energy
- Turn off lights
- Turn off Computers
- Unplug Electronics
- Change the thermostat (set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in summer and at 68 degrees or lower in winter)
- Window coverings
- Wash in cold water
- Air Dry clothing
- Wait for Full Loads
- Reset Water Heaters
- Use Fans (install ENERGY STAR ceiling fans)
- Replace Light Bulbs
- Repair leaking toilets
- Adjust toilet float valves
- Install low-flow toilets
- Take shorter showers
- Install Low-flow showerheads
- Turn off water while brushing teeth, shaving or hand washing dishes.
Weatherproof your Home
- Use caulk and weather stripping to seal windows, doors, baseboards, and floorboards
- Use caulk and roof cement to seal attic vent pipes.
- Wrap pipes to protect against freezing
- Insulate electrical outlets and light switches on exterior walls.
- Keep the fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning.
GO GREEN IN YOUR WORKPLACE
- Change printing habits (print on both sides of paper. Use draft mode to print in black and white instead of color when feasible
- Recycle at work
- Reduce Food waste
- Reuse office supplies
- Improve lighting
- Invest in ENERGY STAR computers, printers, and other business machines
- Reduce Trash (bring own reusable coffee mug to work)
- Share a ride (consider carpooling, biking, walking, telecommuting or public transportation
GREEN YOUR RIDE
- Watch your speed (Gas mileage lowers most rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour.)
- Avoid idling
- Maintain your vehicle
- Take care of tires
- Plan errands (Combine errands in one trip)
- Alternate transportation (Carpool, walk, bike)
PLANT A TREE
If you have the means to plant a tree, start digging. A single tree will absorb approximately one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime.
GET A REPORT CARD FROM YOUR UTILITY COMPANY
Many utility companies provide free home energy audits to help you identify areas in your home that many not be energy efficient. Go to your utility website to find out more.
CALCULATE YOUR FOOTPRINT
There are many on-line tools to help you calculate your Carbon Footprint.
- Cool Congregations Carbon Calculator
- Nature Conservatory Carbon Calculator
- The EPA Household Emissions Calculator