Reduce Your Impacts on the Environment

Doing Our Part

Individuals and businesses are reminded of the need to take action in reducing impacts on the environment. For example, some environmentally responsible choices include:
  • Reducing carbon emissions, which are linked to climate change, by using public transportation, carpooling or biking to avoid use of cars that contribute emissions. Our EarthEra program can also help consumers balance their carbon impact and accelerate America's move to clean energy. Every penny received is used to build new renewable-energy facilities across America.
  • Conserving water by using water-efficient products and programs, fixing leaky faucets, taking showers instead of baths, and only running full loads in dishwashers and washing machines.
  • Recycling and reusing, from participating in glass, paper, plastic and metal recycling programs, to composting, and to shopping with reusable bags.
  • Saving energy at home and work, the following Energy Saving Tips can increase efficiency, reduce energy use, lower consumer costs and save valuable energy resources. Also, where available, choose renewable "green" energy from suppliers, such as wind or solar.

Energy Saving Tips

At Home
  • Look for recycled versions of the products you use regularly, including home paper products, computer ink cartridges, plastics, glass and computer paper
  • Check your insulation because older homes tend to have less insulation, making the homes less energy efficient
  • Replace light bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs that use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs
  • Recycle as much as you can, including newspapers, magazines, plastics and glass
  • Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room
  • Stop junk-mail deliveries
  • Purchase energy-efficient appliances
  • Take shorter showers and turn off the water while shaving and brushing your teeth
  • Drive slower to save gas
  • Use as much natural light as possible
  • Buy local and find area markets that grow produce on site to reduce shipping emissions
At Work
  • Use recycled paper
  • Print on both sides
  • Carpool, use public transportation or ride a bike to work
  • Turn the thermostat up or down depending on the season 
  • Purchase energy-efficient appliances
  • Use sleep mode for your copiers and fax machines
  • Turn off the lights in offices or conference rooms if they will be unoccupied for more than 10 minutes
  • Consider LEED certification standards for new company construction
  • Work from home by telecommuting