Everyone can make a difference. Whether it is recycling or cutting showers short, everyone has the power to help put an end to global warming. So what are you waiting for? Here are some ways you can help our planet.
Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. By using three CFBs, you will save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide and $60 a year.
Fill the Dishwasher
You don’t have to run your dishwasher every time you eat. By filling it completely, you can save $40 and 100 lbs. of CO2 emission a year.
Use Recycled Paper
By using 100% post-consumer recycled printer paper, you can save 5 lbs. of carbon dioxide per ream of paper. Don’t forget to invest in recycled paper towels and napkins as well!
Adjust Your Thermostat
If you move your thermostat down two degrees in the winter and two degrees up in the summer, you can save up to $98 and 2000 lbs. of CO2 per year. Think of the warm sweater or cool bathing suit you can buy with that money.
Take Shorter Showers
Did you know that showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs? We know—it’s shocking. Cut your showers short and save $99 and 350 lbs. of CO2 per year.
Carpool When You Can
With gas prices burning a hole in everyone’s wallet, save some cash while saving 790 lbs. of CO2 by carpooling. If your car is too small to fit all of your BFFs then commute or ride your bike.
Recycle paper, plastic and glass, and buy products with less packaging. This can save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide a year.
Plant a Tree
Show off your gardening skills and start planting. A single tree will absorb a ton (that's 2000+ lbs.) of CO2 over its lifetime.
Did you know that you are using a super huge amount of energy by keeping your electronics (phone charger, blow dryer, etc.) plugged in? Save over 1,000 lbs. of CO2 and $256 a year by unplugging everything.
Wash your Clothes on the Cold Water Cycle and Air Dry
Because the water isn’t being heated, you’ll save energy. Air-drying your clothes will save 700 lbs. of CO2 and up to $75 a year.
Ditch the Plastic
Plastic bottles are biodegradable and can sit in landfills for over 200 years! With 2.5 million plastic water bottles thrown away every hour in the U.S., it is best to start using a reusable water bottle.
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