22 Tips for Being More Eco-Friendly

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Reducing your Carbon Footprint

Use cleaner transport

  • Walk, bike, or take public transit whenever possible.
  • Avoid car to idling. If you’ll be waiting for more than 30-60 seconds, turn off the engine. Walk inside for food instead of using the drive-thru.
  • Have your vehicle serviced regularly to keep the emission control and gas mileage operating at peak efficiency. Check air filters monthly and keep tires adequately inflated.

Add energy-saving features to your home

  • Install compact fluorescent bulbs in light fixtures. Compact fluorescents contain mercury, so look for low-mercury models; dispose of bulbs through local hazardous waste programs.
  • Choose energy-efficient appliances.

Adopt energy-saving habits

  • Keep thermostats low in winter (65) and higher in the summer (75). Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters weekly.
  • Unplug your electronics when not in use. To make it easier, use a power strip. Even when turned off, televisions, computers, and cellphone chargers still sip power.
  • Dry your clothes outside when possible. Dryers are one of the most expensive and energy-consuming appliances we have.

Reduce your Foodprint

  • Grow gardens not lawns! 10 lbs of organic produce can be grown weekly in tiny spaces.
  • Eat more local, organic, in-season foods.
  • Shop at your local farmer’s market or natural foods store. Veggie stands and CSA’s are the path to knowing where your food comes from and keeping local economy booming.
  • Look for local, in-season foods. The average meal travels 1500 miles from farm to your plate (Maine to Nebraska).
  • Choose whole foods; packaging increases waste and expense.

Reduce your Housing Footprint

Choose sustainable building materials, furnishings, and cleaning products

  • Choose furnishings that are second-hand, recycled, or sustainably produced.

Adopt water-saving habits

  • Take shorter, less frequent showers to save water and the energy to heat it.
  • Run the dishwasher and the laundry machine only when full.
  • Regularly look for and fix leaks.

Reduce your Goods and Services Footprint

  • Buy less! Replace items only when absolutely necessary.
  • Recycle paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, phones and electronics.
  • Compost food waste for your garden. Garbage free of biological waste is easily recycled, sorted, and doesn’t produce methane gases when stored in a landfill.
  • Buy recycled products, particularly those labeled “post-consumer waste.”
  • Choose greener cleaning products or make your own. EWG.org and Think Dirty apps are sources for sustainable products.


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