- Consider purchasing a reusable container for your water and another for your coffee. This will cut your paper and plastic and paper consumption considerably. And just because you don’t brew your own coffee doesn’t mean you can’t use your new travel mug; many coffee shops will fill them with their coffee for you. Some even offer discounts if you bring your own mug.
- Bring reusable bags with you to the grocery store. Not only will you cut back on plastic, you could also make a few cents per bag you use.
- Eat local and support local growers by dining in town and visiting local farmers markets. You will enjoy fresh foods and reduce gas emissions.
- Leave your car at home for a day. If possible, walk to work. If work is too far away, try working from home at least one day a week. According to the EPA, leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year.
- Don’t be a water waster. Stop letting the faucet run while you brush your teeth and wash dishes. Wash larger loads of laundry. And water your lawn in the morning or at night when the temperature is cooler.
- Recycling isn’t only for paper, plastic and cardboard. Take your old or broken electronics to your local electronic recycling center and try e-cycling instead of throwing them in the trash.
- Conserve energy at home by switching out traditional light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs and by unplugging anything that glows. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75 percent of all electricity consumed in the home is standby power used to keep electronics running when those TVs, DVRs, computers, monitors and stereos are “off.”