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Environmental Resolutions

In his blog this week Walter Ayres writes about making New Years resolutions. He has provided us with 9 simple resolutions that most of us can try to complete.

I would add a 10th. Join a local environmental group. Get involved, get informed and get going!
 
Here are the nine simple things that you can do and how much carbon dioxide you’ll save doing them.

1. Change a light – Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
2. Drive less – Walk, bike, carpool, or take mass transit more often. You’ll save one pound of carbon dioxide for every mile that you don’t drive!
3. Recycle more – You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.
4. Check your tires – Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve gas mileage by more than 3%. Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
5. Use less hot water – It takes a lot of energy to heat water. Use less hot water by installing a low flow showerhead (350 pounds of carbon dioxide saved per year) and washing your clothes in cold or warm water (500 pounds saved per year).
6. Avoid products with a lot of packaging – You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10%.
7. Adjust your thermostat – Moving your thermostat down just 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment.
8. Plant a tree – A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
9. Turn off electronic devices – Simply turning off your television, dvd player, stereo, and computer when you’re not using them will save you thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
 
Posted on December 28, 2013 | By Walter Ayres
http://blog.timesunion.com/faithinthepublicsquare/environmental-resolutions/103/
This is one of the 3Rs, Reuse!

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