A Dozen Ways to Go Green Right Away

I will change the light bulbs in my home to compact fluorescents (CFLs) or light emitting diodes.

I will go to farmers’ markets and buy as much from local food sources as possible.

I will use a reusable mug instead of paper cups.

I will use a reusable water bottle and not buy bottled water.

I will buy locally-made products and from locally-owned companies whenever possible.

I will get off of junk mail lists to save paper, trees, and our climate.

I will carpool whenever possible and limit my trips to town by combining tasks.

I will plant fruit trees and other food plants whenever I can.

I will use power strips and turn them off when electronics are not in use.

I will set my computer for sleep mode (not screen saver) when not in use.

I will take short showers (5 minutes) with high-efficiency showerheads.

I will use lighting controls—like occupancy sensors, dimmers, or timers—to reduce lighting energy use.