Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Save Water

  • Brush your teeth with the water off, just rinse with water
  • Take shorter showers or baths instead of showers, as you use less water
  • Use a water-saving shower head
  • Install Rain Barrels to Water your Garden

Reduce Waste & Environmental Toxins

  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Switch from paper and plastic bags to reusable bags and totes
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs in your lamps
  • Use a reusable water bottle and bring a mug to the coffee shop
  • Grow your own vegetables organically
  • Walk, ride your bike, and take public transportation instead of driving
  • See if your utility company offers a green energy program
  • Recycle all your paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, electronics, etc.
  • Use direct deposit, online banking, and paperless statements to reduce your paper usage.
  • Don’t purchase disposable water bottles
  • Purchase used items from thrift stores, garage sales & flea markets
  • Rent movies and borrow books, instead of purchasing
  • Select products made of recyclable materials
  • Buy groceries in bulk, as it reduces packaging and the number of trips you take to the store.
  • Buy items that use less packaging
  • Buy fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of jarred, canned or frozen
  • Use cloth diapers
  • Compost food waste for the garden

Save Electricity

  • Unplug all of your appliances when you leave the house to save energy
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Run the dishwasher and the laundry machine only when full
  • Hang dry your clothing
  • Use Solar heating
  • Install solar panels
  • Purchase carbon offsets
  • Eliminate drafts with caulking, weather strips, and storm windows and doors
  • Choose energy efficient appliances
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