Ten Basic Tips To Help Stop Climate Change
Don’t have a lot of time, but want to take action? Here are ten,
simple, everyday things each of us can do to help stop climate change.
Pick one, some, or all. Every little effort helps and adds up to a whole
lot of good.
Change a light. Replacing a regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent one saves 150 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.*
Drive less. Walk, bike, carpool, take mass transit,
and/or trip chain. All of these things can help reduce gas consumption
and one pound of carbon dioxide for each mile you do not drive.
Recycle more and buy recycled. Save up to 2,400
pounds of carbon dioxide each year just by recycling half of your
household waste. By recycling and buying products with recycled content
you also save energy, resources and landfill space!
Check your tires. Properly inflated tires mean good
gas mileage. For each gallon of gas saved, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide
are also never produced.
Use less hot water. It takes a lot of energy to heat
water. Reducing the amount used means big savings in not only your
energy bills, but also in carbon dioxide emissions. Using cold water for
your wash saves 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, and using a low
flow showerhead reduces 350 pounds of carbon dioxide. Make the most of
your hot water by insulating your tank and keeping the temperature at or
Avoid products with a lot of packaging. Preventing
waste from being created in the first place means that there is less
energy wasted and fewer resources consumed. When you purchase products
with the least amount of packaging, not only do you save money, but you
also help the environment! Reducing your garbage by 10% reduces carbon
dioxide emissions by 1,200 pounds.
Adjust your thermostat. Keeping your thermostat at
68 degrees in winter and 78 degrees in summer not only helps with your
energy bills, but it can reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well. No
matter where you set your dial, two degrees cooler in the winter or
warmer in the summer can mean a reduction of 2,000 pounds of carbon
dioxide a year.
Plant a tree. A single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
Turn off electronic devices when not in use. Simply
turning off your TV, VCR, computer and other electronic devices can save
each household thousand of pounds of carbon dioxide each year.
Stay informed. Use the Earth 911 Web site to help
stay informed about environmental issues, and share your knowledge with
others. Together, we can and do Make Every Day Earth Day!
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