Nine Things You Can Do for the Environment
Here are nine simple things that 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 that you don’t drive!
- Recycle more – You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.
- 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 carbon dioxide 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%.
- Adjust your thermostat – Moving your thermostat down just 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer 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.