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It's Easy Being Green

The Earth inside a LightbulbHere are some effective ways you can help to conserve resources…

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.

  • Install solar panels on your house.

  • Turn off the lights when leaving a room.

  • Use both sides of the paper when printing and copying.

  • Walk or bike instead of driving.

  • Take short showers.

  • Drink tap water instead of bottled water.

  • Remove unnecessary items from your car to reduce weight.

  • Regularly replace the filter on your HVAC system.

  • Install faucet aerators.

  • Use cold water to wash clothes.

  • Stop junk mail.

  • Install a programmable thermostat in your home.

  • Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy star bulbs.

  • Car pool, use public transportation or drive a fuel efficient car.

  • Plant a tree and make clean air for us to breath.

  • Run your dishwasher only when it’s full.

  • Buy Energy Star appliances.

  • Use rechargeable batteries.

  • Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended.

  • Weatherize and insulate your home, and consider double pane windows.

  • Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer.

  • Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage.

  • Use a low-flow showerhead. The less water you use, the less energy required to heat it.

  • 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.

  • Keep your water heater insulated and the thermostat no higher than 120°F.

  • Turn off or unplug electronics that you’re not using.

  • Buy organic food - chemicals used in modern agriculture pollute the water supply, and require energy to produce.

  • Change your car's air filter regularly.

  • Recycle materials such as aluminum cans, newspapers, and glass jars.

  • Fix Leaks - To determine whether your toilet has a leak, place a drop of food coloring in the tank; if the color appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.

  • Buy Recycled Look for the words "postconsumer" or "recycled" when shopping.

  • Turn off or put to sleep computers and monitors at night.

  • Properly Dispose of Hazardous Waste Electronics, CFLs, certain batteries, and other household hazardous wastes contain toxic materials.

  • Choose fresh foods instead of frozen. Frozen foods require 10 times more energy to produce.

  • Reuse grocery bags.