A lot of emissions come from just being inefficient or not deliberate about your daily life. You can do lot of things in your day-to-day life:

Combine your trip with another.  

Carpool - Just once a week saves 20%.

Check out your transit options - It may not work for you every time, but use it when it does.

What about your bike? - Get in shape, too!  

Short distance? – Walk! And enhance your health!

Get the best route on the Internet.  

Optimize - Save this trip for later and combine with another.  

Telecommute - Work from home occasionally.

Programmable thermostat – Costs about $50 or less and will save you that much or more in the first year. 

Weather-stripping and Caulking – Costs almost nothing while reducing your energy use, reducing drafts and improving comfort.  

Lighting – Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) have that cool curly shape and save more than 2/3rds of the energy of a regular incandescent.  Each bulb can save $40 or more over its lifetime.  Read the box or instructions for safe disposal.

Heating and Cooling - Keep your heating and cooling system(s) tuned.  When it’s time to replace, do your research and ask for ENERGY STAR.

Insulation – Weather-stripping, caulking and insulation work together to save you energy, improve the comfort of your home, make it quieter and help you save money.  

Water-Conserving Showerheads & Toilets – You can reduce water and heating costs, even in your bathroom. To save even more water, turn the faucet off when brushing or shaving. These simple changes and steps can save many thousands of gallons of water annually.

Appliances – Always pay attention to the total lifetime cost, including energy—not just the price tag.  Look for the ENERGY STAR label

Bigger isn’t always better - Just get the size you need; do you really need that extra refrigerator in the basement?

Electronics – Likewise, look for ENERGY STAR. And do like your Mom said- turn things off. If you’re going away or not using an item for a while, unplug it to prevent “vampire” energy loss from electricity usage on standby.

Windows – These can be expensive, but when it’s time to replace them, make sure they are ENERGY STAR rated. 

Solar – We love solar, but make sure you reduce your energy load first to keep your costs down.

Enable your power management - so your computer and monitor shut down.  

Consider using PC energy-saving technology - The system monitors/minimizes computer and printer energy usage.  

Do you really need to print?- Consider saving a file on your computer, in a flash drive or emailing it.  

Double-side print - Saves paper too.

Can you carpool or transit or bike to work?  See above.  

Open up - If you have windows you can open, use them to intelligently save energy

Turn them off - Only use the lights you need.  If you’re using your computer you may not need your office lights on too

Occupancy sensors - Shut off lights in unused rooms.  Better, get your building to install occupancy sensors

Bring your lunch - Or walk to the local eatery instead of driving.


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