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What we can do at home

  • Replace three frequently used lightbulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs – reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year
  • Carpool, use public transportation or drive a fuel-efficient car – reduce your carbon footprint by 1 pound for every mile you do not drive
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage – reduce your carbon footprint another 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved
  • Change your car’s air filter regularly
  • Run your dishwasher only when it’s full
  • Make sure your printer paper is 100% post consumer recycled
  • Move your heater thermostat down 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer – reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds
  • Keep your water heater insulated and the thermostat no higher than 120°F
  • Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended
  • Take shorter showers because showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs
  • Use a low-flow showerhead because less water means less energy to heat the water – reduce your carbon footprint 350 pounds a year
  • Use cold water to wash your clothes – reduce your carbon footprint by 500 pounds a year
  • Buy locally and reduce the amount of energy required to drive your products to your store
  • Buy products with less packaging and recycle paper, plastic and glass – reduce your garbage by 10% and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year
  • Plant a tree because trees suck up carbon dioxide and make clean air for us to breathe
  • Buy energy-efficient appliances
  • Weatherize and insulate your home, and consider double-pane windows
  • Turn off what you’re not using and even unplug electronics you’re not using – reduce your carbon footprint by thousands of pounds a year
  • Buy organic food because the chemicals used in modern agriculture pollute the water supply, and require energy to produce

Fall 2007




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