Save energy. Find Energy Star products for your home. Energy Star is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. Choosing energy-efficient products can save families about $400 a year. Turn off appliances and lights when you leave a room. Cut back on air conditioning and heating if possible.
Conserve water. Don't let water run while shaving or brushing teeth. Take short showers instead of baths. Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; wash only full loads. Wash only full loads of laundry, too. Buy high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances. Repair all leaks (a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day). Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best).
Reduce. Buy permanent items instead of disposables. Buy and use only what you need. Buy products with less packaging. Buy products that use less-toxic chemicals.
Reuse. Repair items as much as possible. Use durable coffee mugs. Use cloth napkins or towels. Clean out juice bottles and use them for water. Use empty jars to hold leftover food.
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Recycle. Recycle paper, newspapers, mail, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, aluminum cans, electronics and used motor oil. Compost food scraps, grass and other yard clippings.
Improve indoor air quality. Test for radon. Protect your children and family members from secondhand smoke. Learn the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.