1. Support the strongest federal, state and local initiatives to reduce global warming pollution: Vote. Support candidates who produce solutions.
2. Drive less and drive efficiently: Bike, carpool, walk and use public transportation as much as possible. If you do drive, use the most fuel efficient vehicle you can, combine trips and drive the speed limit. FACT: Each gallon of gas puts 20 lbs of heat trapping gas into the air.
3. Subscribe your home and workplace to “Green Power”: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
4. Turn down the AC in summer and the heat in the winter: Use a programmable thermostat. FACT: Heating and cooling your home accounts for about 45% of a home’s total energy bill and costs $677 per year (RMI).
5. Use less hot water: Wash clothes in cold water, shower half as long using a low-flow shower head, set water heater at 120 degrees, and wrap your hot water tank with insulation and/or purchase an on-demand or solar hot-water heater. FACT: Water heating is about 19% of a home’s total energy use and costs $300 per year (RMI).
6. Conserve energy: Switch your light bulbs to compact fluorescent, turn off lights and appliances when not in use, buy Energy STAR high efficiency appliances. FACT: Replacing one frequently used bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb saves 500 lbs of CO2 per year.
7. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Reduce what you consume. Recycle instead of throwing away old items. Purchase used or recycled items instead of buying new ones.
8. Buy locally grown organic foods: Shop whenever possible at farmer’s market or through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Reduce the amount of meat you eat and eat only grass fed meat. Supporting local farmers will strengthen local food chains and reduce the distance food travels to your table, thereby increasing the nutritional content of the food you eat.