Monday, June 16, 2008

Take a Good neighbor pledge to help reduce Global Warming

Replace 5 frequently used incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs)

Keep shades closed in the summer and open in the winter

Purchase an Energy Star appliance (refrigerator, washer, dryer, stove, dishwasher)

Use air-dry setting on your dishwasher

Plant a tree native to your area

Install a low-flow showerhead

Cut your shower time by 5 minutes

Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full

Fix leaking or dripping faucets or toilets

Set your thermostat 2 degrees lower in the winter and 2 degrees higher in the summer

Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full

Reduce your hot water heater temperature by 10 degrees

Turn off your PC and monitor when not in use

Unplug electronic devices or put them on a power strip and turn it off when not in use

Purchase a more energy-efficient vehicle (+5 MPG over your current vehicle)

Combine errands and drive 10 fewer miles per week

Keep your car well-maintained

Keep your car off the road one day a week by tele-working, carpooling, riding a bike, or taking public transportation

Install automatic timers on outdoor lights

Drive the speed limit

Turn off lights when you're not using them

Keep your tires properly inflated

Upgrade your insulation

Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket (if it is older than 1989 and it's not a gas water heater)

Replace your old hot water heater

Get a home energy audit and implement it

Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, paper, and newspaper

Purchase recycled household paper products

Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store

Drink filtered tap water instead of bottled water

Eat locally-grown produce once a week

Aparana Chauhan


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