Twenty Actions to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Below are actions you can take to have a positive impact on the climate. Organized into 3 levels, find an action item that you can accomplish!
Plan vehicle trips to be efficient; use public transportation when practical
Keep vehicle tires properly inflated
Reduce, reuse, or recycle plastic, cans, glass, newspapers, magazines, etc.
Choose green products that favor reduced packaging and climate impact reduction
Air-dry dishes and clothes when possible
Consider showers instead of baths; use a low-flow shower head
Make sure air-conditioning systems and heating systems are well- maintained and filters are clean
Shutdown/Unplug electronic devices when not in use
Sleeping devices such as computers and TVs continue to draw electricity even when not in use
Get a free professional energy assessment
Call for a free professional energy assessment for your home or business to learn
what specific options you have to save money and energy and reduce carbon
Reduce hot water heater setting to 120 degrees F.
Choose carefully among “Green Power Supply” options
Install a programmable thermostat
Install a programmable thermostat and use the settings to heat and cool your house or building efficiently
Seal drafts and air leaks in your home
Make sure your house or building is properly insulated and that air leaks are
sealed, stop drafts around doors and windows, prevent heat loss up chimneys
Change out lights to LED bulbs
90% energy savings over traditional incandescent bulbs
Purchase Energy Star Certified equipment and appliances
“Time of Use” Electricity Meter
Evaluate installation and use of a “Time of Use” Electricity Meter as they become available.
Support smart local and regional energy policies
Support local and regional policies that will promote transportation and energy policies to reduce our collective carbon footprint
Incorporate best practices and design when building
When planning to construct or remodel a home or building, incorporate best practices and design, as well as efficient energy systems and lighting.
Consider purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle
Consider purchasing a solar system to produce your own electricity