10 Earth Friendly Tips


1. Change a light bulb.
Replace incandescent lights bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Don’t wait for old bulbs to burn out. Make this change today.

2. Drive less; drive smart.
Drive a fuel-efficient car, keep the tires inflated, and carpool. Don’t let your engine run while you wait. Walk, bike or use public transportation.

3. Reduce your home’s heating and cooling needs.
Use a programmable thermostat and turn the temperature down two degrees in the winter, up two in the summer. Use proper insulation. Use energy-efficient furnaces and air conditioners. Keep filters clean.

4. Reduce your water use.
Use less water in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and yard. Buy plants that are drought tolerant.

5. Buy energy-efficient electronics and appliances.

Replace old ones now with Energy Star models. And see if you can get by without that second refrigerator or freezer.

6. Turn off electric devices.
Unplug appliances when not in use. Plug electronics into power strips that can be easily switched off.

7. Buy locally and/or organically grown food.
Be aware of how far your food travels to get to your table and how it is grown.

8. Plant a tree.
Maintain a green lawn and garden with native plants. Reduce your use of chemicals and gas-powered machines. Be sure to discuss this with your yard service.

9. Reduce, reuse and recycle.
Cut back on consumption. Encourage recycling in your home, at your office and at businesses and restaurants you patronize. Buy recycled and recyclable products.

10. Be part of the solution.
Take action today. Talk about global warming with your friends. Join and support environmental groups, both national and local.

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