10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP GLOBAL WARMING
Watching the movie "An Inconvenient Truth" really made the reality of global warming hit home for me. I agree that everyone person on earth needs to see this movie to understand the impact and importance of making changes in our lives. If you have not seen this movie, please go rent it now. These are some simple things you can do to make a difference.
- Consume less - This doesn't mean you have to go without. Consider buying used - www.craigslist.org, E-bay, thrift stores and yard sales are excellent ways to buy "pre-consumed" goods.
- Conserve energy- turn your heater down and your air conditioner up by three degrees and save 1050 lbs. of CO2 per year. Turn off your lights. Insulate your water heater. Hang your laundry to dry.
- Drive Smart - Buy a hybrid if you can. Trade in your gas guzzler for something more fuel efficiant. Switch to bio-desiel.
- Light Up - replace three incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs in your home and eliminate 300 lbs. of CO2 (lasts longer, burns less). For healthier quality of light use full spectrum compact flourescents. A new, super energy efficiant bulb is LED.
- Store Smartly, Save Money - buy energy star refrigerators and other appliances and save money as well as 1000 lbs. of CO2 a year. Get a new wood stove made after 1992 bearing the EPA certified sticker. You will pollute less and save wood.
- Drive Less - 15 miles less diving per week (bike, carpool, walk) eliminates 900 lbs. of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. Shop local. Tune up your car - clean oil and properly inflated tires eliminate 1000 lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Purchase Green Power - if available in your area, purchase 100% green power from a company and prevent 3800 to 6200 lbs. of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
- Quit Junk Mail - Join www.greendimes.com. For just $36 per year, they will take you off most junk mail and cataloque lists; saving trees, water and cutting back on pollution. They also plant one tree per month for you.
- Recycle - recycling half of the aluminum, glass, plastic, and paper you use reduces 2400 lbs. of CO2.
- Build Green & Use Solar Power - if remodeling or building a new home, use green materials and solar energy (use federal tax credits and state buy down programs if available) to reduce 1000 to 6000 lbs. of CO2.