Adjust Window Coverings To Invite/Avoid Solar Heating

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Draperies can reduce heat loss by 10% (25% if affixed to the walls) and heat gain by 33%. Passive heating on cold days is free.

 

Air Dry A Load Of Laundry

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Air drying an average load of laundry instead of using the dryer reduces CO2 emmissions by 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)

 

Avoid Non-Compostable Utensils

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100 million+ plastic utensils are used in the US every day. Most are thrown away.

 

Avoid Throwaway Plastic Day

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The average American throws away ~185 lbs of plastic per year totalling ~10% of waste produced using 8% of worlds oil production. It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade.

 

Bike/Walk To Work

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The average passenger vehicle emits about .9 lbs of CO2 per mile (0.25 kilo/km) or 24 lbs (11 kg) for an average commute.

 

Bring Your Own Cup

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A Starbucks study estimates that reusable cups keep 674,000 lbs (305,721 kg) of garbage/year out of landfills.

 

Bring Your Own Reusable Water Bottle

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A 1-liter plastic bottle takes 7 liters of water to produce.

 

Buy Recycled Paper Products

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Recycled paper manufacturing uses significantly less water. For example, a recycled roll of paper towel use 3 gal less to produce.

 

Cancel A Round Trip Domestic Flight

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An average domestic flight creates GHG emissions equal to ~660 lbs (300 kg) of CO2e per person.

 

Cancel A Round Trip International Flight

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An average domestic flight creates GHG emissions equal to 1.3 ton (1.2 metric ton) of CO2e per person.

 

Capture/Reuse Purged Water From Warming Up Shower

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1.5 gal (5.6 L) or more of cold water must typically be purged from the plumbing lines before hot water can reach the shower.

 

Choose A Meatless Meal

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Save a minimum of 2.5 lbs of carbon/meal. Replacing 4 ounces of beef with a vegetarian alternative can save over 3,000 gallons of water.

 

Choose Local Food And Beverages

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On average, non-local food travels 1,500 miles from farm to consumer. Locally grown food travels an average of 44.6 miles (72 km.).

 

Choose Organic

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Organic farming produces the same yields as does conventional farming, but uses 30 percent less energy, less water and no pesticides.

 

Choose Reusable Containers Instead Of A Throwaway

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Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash or 4.4 pounds per person per day.

 

Clean Dryer Exhaust Duct

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Clogged exhaust ducts can gradually more than double the time needed to dry a load of laundry and represent a fire hazard.

 

Clean Dryer Lint Filter Before/After Each Use

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A dirty lint screen can cause the dryer to use up to 30 percent more electricity.

 

Close/Open Windows To Reduce Heating/Cooling Needs

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Opening/closing windows can reduce your climate control energy consumption.

 

Decommission Old Refrigerator Or Freezer

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A spare refrigerator could be wasting up to 1,200 kWh of energy and nearly $100-150 in electric costs every year.

 

Donate And/Or Buy Used Article Of Clothes

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Americans discard 68 lbs (31 kg) of clothing/year and buy 10 lbs (4.5 kg) of recycled clothes. 1 cotton shirt uses ~2,700 litres of water and ~6 kg CO2.

 

Empty Car Of Excess Weight

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For every 100-kg reduction, the combined city/highway fuel consumption could decrease by about 0.4 L/100 km for cars and about 0.5 L/100 km for light trucks.

 

Fix Faucet Or Showerhead Leak

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A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip / second can waste >3,000 gallons (11,356 liters) annually.

 

Fix Toilet Tank Leak

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A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons (757 liters) of water per day.

 

Get A Tune-Up

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Improve fuel efficiency by 4% with a proper tune up or over 1 lb CO2e daily.

 

Install A Faucet Aerator

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Faucets account for ~15% of indoor water use and typically flow at 2x the rate needed. Aerators are inexpensive and can save ~1,000 gal. annually.

 

Install Awnings To Reduce Solar Heating

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Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain by 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows.

 

Inflate Car Tires

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Under inflating your tires causes the car to use 1.2% more fuel. Inflate to standard recommendation.

 

Plant A Tree, Or Fund Tree Planting

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A mature tree absorbs CO2 at a rate of 48 lbs/yr. An acre of forest can absorb 2x CO2 produced by the average car.

 

Raise Temperature On Air Conditioner By 2 Degrees

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On average, an air conditioner emits 2,263 lbs of CO2 every year. Above 72 degrees, raising the temperature 2°F can drop CO2 emissions by 242 lbs.

 

Recycle Old Refrigerator Or Freezer

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A spare refrigerator or freezer could be wasting up to 1,200 kWh of energy; recycling helps remove ozone deleting refrigerants which are also GHG emitters.

 

Reduce Idling

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Save 0.10 lbs CO2/minute. Idling your car causes as much pollution as running it. Idling for 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the car.

 

Run Dishwasher On Light Wash Setting

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The light-wash setting often cleans just as well and uses up to 55% less water. In one year this saves ~3000 gal.

 

Shorten Shower Time

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Save 20 gallons or 76 liters of water by cutting shower time in half. The average 5-minute shower takes 15-25 gallons (57 to 95 liters) of water.

 

Turn Down Unwanted Water At Restaurants

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Every glass of water brought to your table in a restaurant requires another two glasses of water to wash and rinse the glass.

 

Turn Down Water Heater

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Reducing heat settings from 140° to 120° F (60◦ to 49◦ C) saves 600 lbs of CO2 per year for an electric water heater, or 440 pounds for a gas heater.

 

Turn Tap Off When Brushing Teeth

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Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can save 8 gallons of water.

 

Upgrade Clothes Dryer With Energy Star Appliance

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If every clothes dryer purchased in the US was ENERGY STAR certified, it would save 21 billion lbs (9.5 billion kg) of CO2e.

 

Upgrade Dishwasher With Energy Star Appliance

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ENERGY STAR dishwashers consume ~4 gallons per wash as compared to older models which average of 15-18 gallons.

 

Upgrade Refrigerator With Energy Star Appliance

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Replacing all refrigerators in the US with ENERGY STAR appliances would save 8 billion lbs (3.6 billion kg) of CO2e.

 

Upgrade Washer With Energy Star Appliance

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If every clothes washer purchased in the US was ENERGY STAR certified, it would save19 billion lbs of CO2e and reduce water consumption by 40%.

 

Use Natural Cleaning Products

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Nitrogen, phosphorus and ammonia, 3 common ingredients of “non-green” cleaning products, are not removed by waste treatment and go straight into waterways.

 

Wash Clothes In Cold Water

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In the US washing all clothes in cold water would save about 30 million tons (27 metric tons) of CO2 per year. This is 5.7 lbs CO2 per load.

 

Water Your Lawn Early Or Late In The Day

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~14% of the water evaporates midday. Watering early/late and save 87 per week or 4,500 gallons annually.

 

Yes, Local Beer Day!

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Drinking local beer generates less air pollution from transport – at least 1.3 lb CO2 per pint (0.6 kg/ half liter).