- The average home has the equivalent of a basketball-sized hole in the wall due to air leaks. Close it up with insulation and duct sealing.
- Are your older appliances energy hogs? Upgrade your furnace, water heater and appliances with ENERGY STAR models – you’ll save long-term energy and money.
- Let the sun shine! Add solar panels to your home – even in a rainy climate, solar can be a great choice.
- Vanquish those energy vampires! Plug your electronics into power strips and shut them off when not in use.
- Buy clean power from your utility company. It’s a few bucks a month and helps promote clean, renewable energy.
- Set your thermostat to be cooler in winter and warmer in summer – a few degrees either way will keep you comfy and keep energy bills down.
- Some items cost a lot of money to maintain, store and use. Get your books at the library. Rent that big TV for the playoffs. Consider breaking free of insurance, parking fees and license renewal hassles by replacing your car with a membership to a car share program like car2go or Zipcar.
- Space is something that can be shared! Use a kitchen share for big event cooking, work in a shared office setting, you can even share garden space with your neighbors to maximize your harvest. Renting your extra room or adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) are great ways to increase options for your family and make some extra money.
- Hit the produce section! Buy fresh, seasonal foods and reduce processed or packaged foods, which use tons of energy to make and ship.
- Eat more fruits, veggies and grains in general. Growing, processing and transporting meat is super energy-intensive, so cutting back can make a big impact.
- Meal planning for the win! A menu helps you buy only what you need saving you money in the process. When you do have leftover food, store it right away and make a plan to use it rather than tossing it.
- ROAD TRIP! Have a climate-friendly vacation by keeping your tires inflated to increase fuel efficiency.
- Choose trains and buses for shorter trips. Airplanes need huge amounts of fuel.
- Buy carbon credits to offset emissions from your trip, especially if you fly.
- Get on the trip chain! Combine several errands into one trip to reduce the number of miles driven.
- Go electric! Buy or lease a fuel-efficient or electric vehicle.
- Be a one-car family! If you own more than one car, challenge yourself to use just one (you may end up getting rid of the other!)
- Get connected to others in your community – start a tool library or organize a neighborhood book/clothing swap event.
- Buy Carbon Offsets – It is impossible to reduce our carbon emissions to zero, no matter how hard we try. Going carbon neutral by purchasing carbon offsets is a practical and affordable way to do something about those remaining emissions.