Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth – You’ll conserve up to 5 gallons of water per day. Throughout the US, the daily savings could add up to more water than is consumed every day in all of New York City.
Buy locally – Not only is it good for the local economy, it will save energy because products haven’t traveled across the globe to get to you.
Arrange furniture to take advantage of natural light from windows – Place desks and reading chairs next to windows to cut down on the need and use of supplemental, artificial light during the day.
Dust your light bulbs and change them – to compact fluorescent – only when they burn out – You’ll increase energy efficiency and light output.
Don’t ask for ATM receipts – If everyone in the US refused their receipts, it would save a roll of paper more than two billion feet long or enough to circle the equator 15 times.
Trim down on the red meat – Since it takes more fossil fuels to produce red meat than fish, eggs and poultry, switching to these foods will slim your CO2 emissions by 950 pounds.
Check air conditioner filter – They should be cleaned and replaced monthly to help the unit run at peak efficiency.
Buy products in concentrate when available – You’ll use less, making your cost per use much lower than it would be with a non-concentrated brand, and you’ll be consuming less packaging.
Keep your refrigerator full – Food retains cold better than air does, so a near-empty fridge is working much harder to cool its contents. Don’t overstuff your fridge either. Air circulation is needed to cool and control humidity.
Need a computer? Consider buying a laptop – Are you shopping around for a new computer? Consider buying a laptop. Laptops use 50% of the energy used by a typical desktop PC when plugged in and just 1% of the energy when running on batteries.
Wash fruit in a bowl of water – Fill a bowl with cold water and wash fruit and vegetables this way, instead of letting water from a faucet run over them.
Do not throw out your toxic household wastes – Do not throw out your toxic household wastes, such as paint, paint thinner and car fluids, in the garbage or down the drain. Check with your local facilities for proper disposal and avoid these products in the future.
Instead of using plastic, store your food in glass or porcelain containers – Fewer chemicals will likely leak from the container into the food. Chemicals that transfer from plastic to food and from food to body may cause health risks.
Unplug your TV when it’s not in use – You’ll save money and energy. Between 10% and 15% of a TV’s energy is still used when it’s powered ‘Off.”
Use a digital camera instead of one that needs film – Some 686 million rolls of film are processed each year, and the solutions used to make the prints often contain hazardous chemicals that require special treatment and disposal.
Use voice mail instead of answer machines – Answer machines guzzle energy 24/7. When they stop functioning, they become hazardous waste in the nation’s landfills.
Turn off power strips when they are not in use – The average American household continuously leaks about 50 watts of electricity.
Avoid using rubber bands if you can – About three-quarters of rubber bands are synthetic, made from crude oil. When these are incinerated at the dump, significant health effects can result.
Select paper towels with smaller-size sheets – Using paper towels with smaller-size sheets extends the life of the roll. A decrease in U.S. household consumption of just 3 rolls per year would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million in landfill dumping fees.