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Reduce Your Carbon Emissions
Help Save the Environment
Are you concerned with how high your carbon emissions are? Follow these common tips for reducing your carbon footprint:
Turn off your lights whenever you leave a room, even if it is for a short period of time.
Unplug your electronics when not in use (including your computer). Most electronics still use some energy even when turned off.
Set your thermostat two degrees cooler in the winter and two degrees warmer in the summer.
Clean or replace your air filters on your air conditioner at least once a month.
Replace any incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) or Light-Emitting Diodes (LED).
Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
Use dishwashers instead of washing your dishes by hand. Generally, dishwashers use less hot water than washing by hand.
Put a liter bottle filled with water in the tank of your toilet to reduce the water in your tank.
Use low-flow showerheads in your showers and faucet aerators in your sinks to conserve water.
Start a compost pile for grass clippings, leaves, vegetable peelings, fruit rinds, and barnyard animal manure.
Recycle! Recycling allows some materials to be reused and prevents other hazardous materials from contaminating our soil.
Use recycled paper and recycle printer cartridges. Only print when necessary and print on both sides of the paper.
Carpool to work and for personal trips. Consider walking, biking, or using mass transportation as an alternative. Reduce the number of trips you take by habit.
Drive during non-peak hours. Turn your car off when you are just idling.
Consider purchasing a hybrid or more efficient car if you drive frequently. Use radial tires and keep them properly inflated.
Buy local products when possible to reduce the number of products that are transported long distances.
Calculate My Carbon Emissions
to estimate your carbon emissions and view the average results of other residents.
Mayor Harry W. Rilling
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