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Finding ways to "green" your life might seem intimidating, but there are a number of things you can do right away that will reduce your family's carbon and waste footprints, and may even save a few dollars in your wallet. 

  • Turn off the lights, TVs, etc. in rooms you are not using

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs

  • Turn off computers and laptops when not in use

  • Unplug electrical devices when not in use

  • Program your thermostat to save on energy usage when you are not in the house

  • Be mindful of your water usage, and when replacing faucets or shower-heads, choose slower flow models

  • Turn down the temperature on your water heater

  • Walk or ride your bike instead of driving to nearby destinations

  • Carpool - it drastically reduces CO2 emissions

  • Avoid speeding and unnecessary acceleration - it will save gas, money and make the roads safer

  • Take public transportation instead of your car

  • Eat locally-produced, organic food

  • Try reducing your meat consumption - it takes a lot of resources to raise animals for consumption - even one day a week makes a big difference

  • When replacing appliances, choose ENERGY STAR models

  • Consider adding solar panels or a solar roof to your home, or select renewable energy sources from your energy provider

  • Know your carbon footprint

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