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!

Level I

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

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Reduce hot water heater setting to 120 degrees F.

 

Level II

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

 

Level III

“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