Anywhere and Everywhere

Reduce waste, protect air quality, conserve water and protect water quality…it sounds overwhelming. Think about this for some motivation…one drop per second from a leaky faucet wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year and an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your car’s MPG by up to two percent. Repairing a leaky faucet or removing extra pounds from your car not only protect the environment, but also saves you money. Check out a few Easy Actions for your home that benefit your budget, your health and your planet.

Reduce waste

  • Compost kitchen scraps. Almost 60 percent of the municipal solid waste produced in the United States (including paper) is compostable.
  • Buy rechargeable batteries to reduce the amount of harmful materials thrown away. Be sure to properly dispose of old batteries. Learn how.
  • Carry reusable bags when you go shopping and use reusable containers to pack a lunch – for your kids or yourself.

Protect air quality

  • Buy locally grown fruits and vegetables that are in season to reduce fuel waste and emissions from long-distance shipping.
  • Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by up to two percent.
  • Use green cleaners like vinegar and water instead of harsh chemicals. Find out how to make them.

Conserve water

Protect water quality

  • Fertilize appropriately.  Overuse of fertilizers contaminates surface water and groundwater.
  • Recycle motor oil. A single quart of motor oil can contaminate thousands of gallons of fresh water.
  • Reduce pesticide use. Pesticides can leach into groundwater. Using too much pesticide kills bees, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators.

 

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