Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The Kyoto Treaty is important, but the solution to global warming starts at home. Every small change helps. There are simple changes you can incorporate into your life.
• Drive less by combining errands, carpooling or moving closer to work.
• Increase fuel efficiency by keeping tires fully inflated.
• Replace your standard bulbs with efficient compact-fluorescent bulbs.
• Turn off lights when leaving a room.
• Reduce energy and water usage by installing low-flow showerheads.
• Purchase a tankless water heater that only heats water when you need it.
• Wash only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
• Turn off the heated-dry function on the dishwasher and dry with a towel instead.
• Wash clothes in cold water.
• Dry clothes outside on a clothesline.
• Turn the thermostat up three degrees in summer and down three degrees in winter.
• Install clean HVAC filters regularly to lower heating and cooling costs.
• Replace your old single-pane windows and fiberglass insulation.
• Plant trees in your yard.
• Start a backyard compost pile for food scraps and lawn waste.
• Recycle paper, metal, plastic and glass.
• Buy locally grown produce.