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Reduce your Carbon Footprint

Here are a few simple things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint

  • Change to Fluorescent Bulbs – If every house in the United States changed all of the light bulbs in their house, that would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the streets.
  • Hang Outside to Dry – Get a clothes line or rack to dry your cloths. Your clothes will last longer and you will save money
  • Use Both Sides of Paper – if you have a printer with a double sided print option use it. You will save half of the amount of paper you would have normally used.
  • Get rid of baths – Do not take baths, take showers. You will in average save about half the amount of water that you would if you were taking a bath.
  • Do not get bottled water – Instead of bottled water get a reusable container to carry water. Also you can get a filter to make your home tap taste more like bottled water. It is definitely more cost efficient.
  • Shorten your shower – Every minute you cut from your shower is roughly 5 gallons of water. The less time your shower takes, the lower your impact on the environment.
  • Recycle Glass – If you do not recycle this, it will take a million years to decompose.
  • Turn Down your Thermostat – Every degree lower in the winter or higher in the summer you put it is a 10 percent decrease on your energy bill.
  • Turn off your lights – An easy one. Turn off your lights when you are not using them. The benefits are obvious.
  • Do not get a paper phone book – Instead of getting a paper phone book. Use a online directory instead.
  • Give things away – Take things that you are not going to wear or use and give it to a charity or someone who will use it.
  • Go to a car wash – Going to a car wash is a lot more water efficient then washing your car at home.
  • Buy Rechargeable Batteries – Even though it will take a good investment to buy these you will find yourself gaining it back in no time.
  • Pay your Bills Online – If every house in the US did this then we would save 18 million trees every year.
  • Get a reusable bag – You can not recycle plastic bags, instead get yourself a reusable bag so that you will not have to worry about carrying your necessities.
  • Inflate your Tires – If your tires are inflated at all times your car will run more miles on less gas.
  • Plant a Tree – It is good for the air, can keep you cool, and can increase your property value.
  • Walk or Ride Your Bike When you can – If you have to go somewhere close consider riding your bike or walking there instead of your car. It is better on the environment and healthier.
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