Things you can do outside your house

Things you can do at home

  • Air dry. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine. If you do dry your clothes in the dryer, make sure the load is full.

  • Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower.

  • Eat less meat, poultry and fish. More resources are used to provide meat than plants.

  • Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad. You can also do this with take-away or delivered food, if you know you will not feel like eating it the next day. You will save food and money.

  • Compost your food scraps. It can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients.

  • Recycling paper, plastic, glass and aluminium keeps landfills from growing.

  • Buy minimally packaged goods.

  • Avoid pre-heating the oven. Unless you need a precise baking temperature, start heating your food right when you turn on the oven.

  • Plug air leaks in windows and doors to increase energy efficiency.

  • Adjust your thermostat, lower in winter, higher in summer.

  • Replace old appliances with energy-efficient models and light bulbs.

  • If you have the option, install solar panels in your house. This will also reduce your electricity bill!

  • Get a rug. Carpets and rugs keep your house warm and your thermostat low.

  • If you use a dishwasher, stop rinsing your plates before you put them into the machine.

  • Switch to cloth diapers or a new, environmentally responsible disposable brand.

  • Shovel snow manually. Avoid the noisy, exhaust-churning snow blower and get some exercise.

  • Use cardboard matches. They don’t require any petroleum, unlike gas-filled plastic lighters.

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