What You Can Do

At Home •• At Work •• In Your Yard •• On the Go •• Shopping

At Home

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Action, Retrofits, & Updates

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Pollution
Reduction
Water
Quality
Conservation
Material
Reduction
Energy
Efficiency

Free / Actions

Shop for your electricity provider

 

 

 

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Unplug Electronics When They Are Not In Use

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Turn Off the Lights When You Leave a Room

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Use Your Computer's Power Down or Sleep Option

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Don't Place Lamps or TVs Next to the Thermostat

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Use Task Lighting Instead of Lighting an Entire Room

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Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees

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Turn Off the Water When You Are Not Using It

 

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Don't Block Vents With Furniture

 

 

 

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Use Ceiling Fans to Help Cool Your Home

 

 

 

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Wait to Run Your Dishwasher and Washing Machine Until You Have a Full Load

 

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Take Shorter Showers

 

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Compost your kitchen scraps rather than putting them in the trash

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Collect fats, oils, and greases and dispose of them properly, not down the drain

 

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Properly dispose of household hazardous waste

 

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Recycle

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Stop Junk Mail From Being Sent to You

 

 

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Use e-Billing and Paperless Statement Options For Your Finances

 

 

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Take the Home Energy Audit (.pdf)

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Low Cost / Retrofit - Update

Replace Incandescent Light Bulbs with CFLs

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Weather Strip Your Exterior Doors

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Caulk Around Your Windows

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Use a Programmable Thermostat

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Reduce the Use of Chemical Cleaners By Using Natural Alternatives

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Replace Leaking Faucets and Toilets

 

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Install Low-Flow Showerheads and Faucets

 

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Change Air-Conditioning Filters Regularly

 

 

 

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Insulate Any Exposed Pipes

 

 

 

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Higher Cost / Retrofits - Updates

Buy Clean Renewable Power

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Properly Insulate Your Attic

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Use Solar Screens, or White Blinds to Keep Heat Out

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Replace Old Appliances With Energy Star Products

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Replace Old Toilets With Low-Flow Toilets

 

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Switch to a tank-less water heater

 

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Use Radiant Barrier Paint

 

 

 

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This list is by no means exhaustive, but instead are suggestions that will help cut energy consumption, increase air quality, conserve and increase water quality, reduce material that is sent to landfills, and help all of us become more sustainable.

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At Work

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Action, Retrofits, & Updates

Benefits

Free / Actions

Use Reusable Containers and Utensils For Your Lunch

 

 

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Use a Glass or Mug For Drinking

 

 

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Recycle - Particularly Paper

 

 

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Set Your Printers Default to Double-Sided Printing

 

 

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Print Draft Documents on Scratch Paper

 

 

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Turn-Off All Electronics (Radios, TVs) During Lunch and When You Leave

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Turn-Off Your Monitor When You Go For Lunch

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Turn-Off Your Computer When You Leave For the Day

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Turn-Off All Lights, Including Lamps, During Lunch and When You Leave

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Reuse Large Envelopes and Files

 

 

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Recycle Used Toner Cartridges

 

 

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Carpool to Work

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Work a Flexible Schedule During Non-Peak Commute Time

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Telecommute

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Put Plants in Your Office to Absorb Indoor Air Pollution

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For Employers

Free / Actions

Establish an Environmental Plan For Your Office

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Low Cost / Retrofit - Update

Buy Environmental Responsible Cleaning Products

 

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Purchase Office Supplies That Come From Post Consumer Recycled Materials

 

 

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Higher Cost / Retrofits - Updates

Purchase Energy Star Rated Office Equipment

 

 

 

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Purchase Renewable Power

 

 

 

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Replace Your T-12 Fluorescent Lamps With T-8 or T-5 Lamps

 

 

 

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Install Occupancy Sensors to Automatically Turn Lights Off

 

 

 

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Install Vending Misers on All Vending Machines

 

 

 

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Set-Up Flexible Work Schedules and Carpooling

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Replace Older Vehicles in Your Fleet With New Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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Have Your Office Building LEED Certified

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Install Window Film

 

 

 

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This list is by no means exhaustive, but instead are suggestions that will help cut energy consumption, increase air quality, conserve and increase water quality, reduce material that is sent to landfills, and help all of us become more sustainable.

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In Your Yard

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Action, Retrofits, & Updates

Benefits

Free / Actions

Leave lawn clippings on the lawn

 

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Water Your Plants During the Morning or Evening Hours

 

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Don't Over Water

 

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Do Not Pour or Sweep Anything Down the Storm Drain

 

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Compost Your Yard Waste

 

 

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Don't Cut Grass Too Short, This Requires More Water, and is Prone to Weeds

 

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Low Cost / Retrofits - Updates

Use Mulch Around Your Trees and Plants to Better Hold the Moisture

 

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Use Natural Pesticides and Fertilizers

 

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Plant Trees - Shade Your Air-Conditioner and the West and South Side of Your Home

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Use a Rainwater Harvesting barrel

 

 

 

 

Use Xeriscape Landscaping With Native Plants

 

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Grow Your Own Food

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Buy a Push or Electric Mower

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Replace Your Spray Sprinklers With Soaker Hoses or Drip Irrigation

 

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If You Want Yard Lights, Use Solar Yard Lights

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This list is by no means exhaustive, but instead are suggestions that will help cut energy consumption, increase air quality, conserve and increase water quality, reduce material that is sent to landfills, and help all of us become more sustainable.

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On the Go

Most actions, retrofits, or updates are linked to outside resources to provide further information. Just click on a linked action, retrofit, or update to lean more.

Action, Retrofits, & Updates

Benefits

Free / Actions

Drive the Speed Limit

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Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated, rotated, and aligned

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Keep Your Vehicle Properly Tuned-Up, and Change the Filters

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Do Not Top-Off When Filling Your Vehicle With Gas

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Carpool

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Walk or Ride a Bike For Short Distances

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Combine Trips

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Dispose of Automotive Waste Properly

 

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Do Not Idle Your Engine More Than 5 Minutes

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Park in the Shade During the Summer

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Use a Windshield Cover

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Use Gas Stations That Have Vapor-Recovery Nozzles (Those Black Accordion Plastic Devices)

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Use Mass Transit

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Higher Cost / Retrofits - Updates

Purchase a Fuel-Smart Car

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This list is by no means exhaustive, but instead are suggestions that will help cut energy consumption, increase air quality, conserve and increase water quality, reduce material that is sent to landfills, and help all of us become more sustainable.

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Shopping

Most actions, retrofits, or updates are linked to outside resources to provide further information. Just click on a linked action, retrofit, or update to lean more.

Actions

Benefits

Free

Use Reusable Bags Rather Than Plastic Bags

 

 

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Shop Local

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Shop Online, or by Mail

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Eat Less Meat

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Sell or Donate Reusable Items

 

 

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Buy Locally Grown Food

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Buy Organic Food

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Buy Products Made of Post Consumer Recycled Content

 

 

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Look for items with little packaging

 

 

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Support Green Businesses

 

 

 

 

This list is by no means exhaustive, but instead are suggestions that will help cut energy consumption, increase air quality, conserve and increase water quality, reduce material that is sent to landfills, and help all of us become more sustainable.

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* Most actions, retrofits, or updates are linked to outside resources to provide further information. Just click on a linked action, retrofit, or update to lean more.