The average American drives about 13,500 miles per year. That's a lot of emissions! If you can, walk, bike, or take public transportation instead of driving. If you do need to drive, carpool or take the bus.
Turn off lights when you leave a room, unplug electronics when they're not in use, and weatherize your home to make it more energy efficient. You can also switch to energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.
Recycling and composting help to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills. Landfills produce methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Raising animals for food is a major contributor to climate change. If you can, reduce your meat consumption or go vegetarian or vegan.
When you shop, look for businesses that are committed to sustainability. This could mean buying products that are made from recycled materials, or supporting businesses that use renewable energy.
– Use a water-efficient showerhead. – Install a programmable thermostat. – Wash your clothes in cold water. – Air-dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. – Unplug appliances when they're not in use. – Use energy-efficient light bulbs. – Buy local food. – Support businesses that are committed to sustainability.