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Tips for Every Day

You probably already knew that you can “green” your home and your commute, but what about your life? In fact, many changes that you can make in your life start with simple behavior changes. You can (and definitely should!) install CFL light bulbs in your home, but it’s also important that you get into the habit of turning lights off when you leave a room.

To live a green life doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change your lifestyle (although you can change something as significant as your diet for an even bigger impact!). There are plenty of ways to get what you’re used to getting while also reducing your ecological footprint.

The Steps You Can Take Every Day page of this website provides a list of specific tips, but below are some general considerations.

Purchasing Power (GOODS)

As a consumer, you hold incredible power. The decisions you make at the checkout will shift and direct trends of the market. Use your money to purchase recycled, recyclable, durable goods with the least amount of packaging.

Dietary Habits and Food Preferences (FOOD)

Different dietary preferences may have more or less of an impact on the environment. A vegetarian diet, for instance, requires fewer inputs and resources, and generates fewer emissions than an omnivore’s diet.

Buy local and organic food which requires less fuel for shipping or petrochemical-based fertilizers and pesticides that can be harmful to human health and the environment. Also be sure to buy foods when they are in season.

Green Leisure

How you spend your downtime can make a significant contribution to your ecological footprint. Green your vacations by reducing travel or choosing a more efficient method of traveling. And make sure that your play time is just as green! Spend more time outdoors, enjoying activities that use fewer resources.

Health and Wellness

Take care of yourself by greening your health and wellness routines. This includes choosing healthy, natural products for your personal care. Be sure that what you do to make yourself healthier is also something that makes our planet healthier!

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Tips On the Go

Making smarter transportation choices has both economic and environmental benefits. You can reduce your travel footprint by improving the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, if you have one, and using less-polluting methods for your commute, such as carpooling; riding the bus, light rail or train; biking or walking.

The Steps You Can Take—On the Go page of this website includes tips for reducing the negative impacts of your transportation by taking actions related to:

Auto-Use

If you drive, choosing a fuel efficient car is the first step. After that, it’s important that you continue to care for your car properly.

Commuting

Commuting to and from work is a major part of most people’s days.  These tips explain how you can reduce your impact by choosing a more resource-friendly mode of traveling.

Travel

All that we do, including our travel and vacationing, impacts the environment. How you get to where your going is a major decision; and be sure to also consider what you do during your trip, which is discussed in the Steps You Can Take—Every Day page of this website.

Tips @ Home

According to EPA, Buildings account for:

  • 36 percent of total energy use and 65 percent of electricity consumption
  • 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 30 percent of raw materials use
  • 30 percent of waste output (136 million tons annually)
  • 12 percent of potable water consumption

It’s clear, then, that increasing the efficiency of our homes and buildings can produce a tremendous impact. On this website, you’ll read about Steps You Can Take—@ Home, and can also find information regarding increasing your home’s energy performance.