Green Tips!Did You Know?Environmental

10 things you can do to fight global warming:

Drive Less
Burning one gallon of gasoline produces 20 pounds of Carbon Dioxide.  Plan your trips accordingly, carpool, bike or walk when possible, and use public transportation where possible.    

Eat Local
The average number of miles traveled for locally grown produce is 56 miles, while the average number of miles conventional produce travels is 1,494miles.  Buying locally helps reduce the number of miles your food travels from field to fork, thus reducing the amount of polluting greenhouse gas emissions.  So shop at your local farmer's market, health food store, or farm stand; you'll be supporting your local economy, too!

Turn Down the Heat
Turn down the heat while you're sleeping at night or away during the day, and keep temperatures moderate at all times. Setting your thermostat just 2 degrees lower in winter and higher in summer could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from being produced each year.

Use Less Hot Water
It takes a lot of energy to heat water.  Use less hot water by installing a low flow showerhead and prevent 350 pounds of carbon dioxide from being produced per year.  Washing your clothes in cold or warm water (instead of hot) can prevent 500 pounds of carbon dioxide from being produced per year.  You can also take shorter showers and make sure you have full loads of laundry to help save water, too!

Change a Light
Replacing one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb can save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.  Do not throw CFL bulbs into the trash. They contain mercury, so by simply throwing them in the garbage, the chance of groundwater contamination increases. As energy-efficient lighting becomes more popular, it is important to dispose of CFLs safely and responsibly. When the time comes to replace a bulb, seal the old bulb in a plastic bag and take it to the nearest Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Site (for more information on disposing old light bulbs click here).

Hit the Switch
Save electricity and reduce global warming by turning off lights when you leave a room, and using only as much light as you need. Also remember to turn off your television, video player, stereo and computer when you're not using them.

Pump 'Em Up
When you do drive, make sure your car is running efficiently. For example, keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Every gallon of gas you save not only helps your budget; it also keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Plant a Tree
It may seem cliché, but the facts remain true: trees absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. They are an integral part of the natural atmospheric exchange cycle here on Earth, but there are too few of them to fully counter the increases in carbon dioxide caused by automobile traffic, manufacturing and other human activities. A single tree will absorb approximately one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime!

Consume Less and Recycle More
Most of the products we buy today are luxury items, and contribute to habitat destruction and global warming through production, use, and disposal of the product and its packaging.  More than 60% of municipal solid waste is recyclable, yet only about 13% of it gets recycled.  You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste. 

Educate Others
It is not enough to know what is right; we must act on that knowledge.  One person changing one light bulb has an impact, but millions of people changing millions of light bulbs has a huge impact.  Be a force by sharing your knowledge and the importance of acting on that knowledge.   
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead