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What Can I Do?

Drive Less
Walk, bike, carpool, bus, train. Every mile you don’t drive saves about 1 pound of carbon dioxide.

Buy Used
It takes a lot of energy to produce a product. If you can obtain what you need from products that already exist, you save all of the energy, materials, and packaging involved in producing and delivering that product to market.

Change Your Light Bulbs
Use a compact fluorescent light bulb rather than a standard incandescent and save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year.

The average household can recycle 42% of their garbage. Buy more recyclable materials and you can do even better. If you can recycle half of your household waste, you could save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide every year.

Avoid Product Packaging
Reduce your garbage by 10% and save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide every year.

Inflate Your Tires
Improve your gas mileage 3% by keeping the tires on your car properly inflated. Save 1 gallon of gas and keep 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Use Less Hot Water
Use less water when you shower and save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year. Wash your clothes in warm water and save 500 pounds of carbon dioxide every year.

Use Less Hot Air
A 2 degree change in your thermostat accounts for 2000 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year.

Plant Trees (and Don’t Cut Them Down)
Every tree absorbs and traps approximately 1 ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime.

Turn Off and Unplug Electronics
TVs, DVD players, microwaves, computer monitors, cell phone chargers, etc. continue to use electricity even when not in use. Combined, all of this “unused” electricity accounts for thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide emitted into our atmosphere every year. Plug into power strips and you can shut off all of the power without unplugging your appliances.

Sign Up for Renewable Energy
Many states (including Minnesota) require energy sellers to offer power generated from renewable sources, but you have to choose to receive that energy at your home.

Buy Carbon Credits
Many organizations offer the opportunity to offset the amount of carbon dioxide you produce, your carbon footprint. Calculate your carbon footprint at carboncounter.org. Then buy carbon credits that support renewable energy sources, tree planting, and other ways to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the world.

An Inconvenient Truth, 2006

Center for Energy and Environment: www.mncee.org

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