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What You Can Do

  • 1. Be laundry-smart! 

     
    • Set your washer to the cold water setting, not hot. This saves nearly 500 pounds of CO2 per year with an electric water heater, or 150 pounds for a gas heater!
    • Make sure you are running a full laundry load.

    2. Walk, bike, carpool, or use mass transit.

    • Every gallon of gasoline you save avoids 22 pounds of CO2 emissions!

    3. Vampire power sucks!

    • Unplug your cell phone, tablet, and laptop chargers when not in use. These chargers pull electricity even when fully charged!
    • Turn off your TV, DVD player, stereo, and computer when you’re not using them!  
    • Invest in a power strip so that you can easily switch the entire strip off!

    4. Use passive solar heating. 

    • Open your shades to take advantage of the natural heating powers of the sun on chilly but sunny days in the winter!

    5. Replace your old light bulbs. 

    • Compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED bulbs will save up to $65 a year!
    • In a typical home, one compact fluorescent bulb can save 260 pounds of CO2 per year.

    6. Set your thermostat wisely.

    • In the winter, set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the day and 55 degrees at night. In the summer, keep it at 78.   
    • Adjust your thermostat before leaving for school or work.

    7. Check your tires.

    • Keeping your tires properly inflated  can improve your gas mileage by more than 3%!

    8. Modernize your windows.

    • Replacing all your old windows with argon-filled, double-glazed windows can save more than 2.4 tons of CO2 per year!

    9. Paint smart, plant smart.

    • Plant shade trees and paint your house a color if you live in a warm climate or a dark color if you live in a cold climate. 
    • Reductions in energy use resulting from shade trees and appropriate painting can save up to 2.4 tons of CO2 emissions per year!

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