We can all take small steps to wisely use energy, help not pollute our atmosphere and do our part to keep unnecessary waste out of landfills. Here are suggestions of what you can do on the road, at home and at work to help preserve the quality of our air, land and water.
The suggestions here all point to one objective: using less gasoline. Gas pumps billions of pollutants into the air every year, according to the Global Carbon Project, an international collaboration of scientists tracking the number. To use less gas:
When shopping for a new or used vehicle from sites like automotive.com, choose the cleanest, most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. With a wide range of clean, fuel-efficient vehicles available today, it’s easier than ever to go green. To help you decide whether a hybrid vehicle is right for you, compare hybrids with traditional vehicles on a U.S. Energy Department-sponsored interactive website epa.gov.
To maximize energy efficiency in the home:
The average American uses approximately the equivalent of a 100-foot-tall Douglas fir tree in paper and wood products each year, according to CleanAir.org. To minimize the environmental impact of this, reuse and recycle. If your city has recycled trash pick-up, learn the rules for what should go into the recycled bin and diligently separate recyclable materials from those that can’t be reused.
To reduce heating and cooling demands at your office and use less electricity generally, check into the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program. Some of the energy-saving steps suggested include:
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