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"Ten Things To Do"

Want to do something to help stop global warming?
Here are 10 simple things you can do and how much carbon dioxide you’ll save doing them.
 
Change a light
Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
 
Drive less
Walk, bike, carpool or take mass transit more often. You’ll save one pound of carbon dioxide for every mile you don’t drive!
 
Check your tires
Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve gas mileage by more than 3%.  Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere!

Use less hot water
It takes a lot of energy to heat water.  Use less hot water by installing a low flow showerhead (350 pounds of CO2 saved per year) and washing your clothes in cold or warm water (500 pounds saved per year).
Avoid products with a lot of packaging
You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10%.
 
 
Recycle more
You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.

Adjust your thermostat
Moving your thermostat just 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer you could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment.
 
Plant a tree
A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
 
Turn off electronic devices
Simply turning off your television, DVD player, stereo and computer when you’re not using them will save you thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Spread the Word.
Encourage your friends to adopt these carbon reducing practices.

* Information courtesy of www.climatecrisis.net
Tips for Greening Your Organization

You can make a difference through your office practices! Computers, printers, copiers, space heating and cooling, lighting, paper, employee travel and commuting all contribute to global warming.

These are all areas where your office, no matter how small, can make significant changes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy while protecting the environment and, in many cases, saving money.
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Top 10 Electricity Saving Tips
For one month…
  1. Replace five lights with Energy Star light bulbs and save 62kwh for a total savings of $9.
  2. Turn off lights, appliances, TVs, stereos, computers, when not in use. You will save 58 khw and $9.
  3. If you have a large television (greater than 32”), turn it off when not watching.
    You can save 50 khw and $8.
  4. Unplug your electric space heater or hot tub and save $41 (or 270 khw).
  5. Unplug and recycle your old, second refrigerator and you can save $23 (150 khw).
  6. Washing your clothes in cold water can save you 63 khw or $9.
  7. Repair leaky faucets and save on your electric hot water. You can save 40khw or $6.
  8. Unplug chargers, laptops, anything with remote control or “instant on” features and save $4 (29 khw).
  9. On your electric dryer: clean dryer filter, clean and straighten exhaust hose/duct and vent outside.  You will save 23 khw or $3.
  10. When buying new appliances, always choose Energy Star. This can save you 75 khw or $11.
Remember, savings will vary significantly from home to home. Data based on 500 khw monthly residential usage at 15 cents per kwh per month.

* Information provided by National Grid.
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