Take your own bags to the grocery store
Keep reusable containers in your car to take into restaurants for leftovers
Eliminate paper napkins by switching to cloth
Complete a home garbage audit to assess reduction opportunities
Recycle all paper, glass, aluminum and plastics 1&2
Measure your carbon footprint; set reduction targets
Complete an audit to assess your consumption
Convert to a mainly or full plant diet
Reduce meat intake by specific number of days or meals
Reduce processed food
Purchase locally grown and/or organic food
Compost your food scraps or use a compost pickup service
Turn your home into a healthy home.
Convert to green cleaning supplies
Reduce your water usage
Switch to LED and other energy efficient lighting
Use rechargeable batteries.
Reduce vampire/phantom energy by turning off unused appliances and charging plugs.
Insulate your windows, doors, outlets and lighting fixtures
Add more insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace
- Insulation saves homeowners money and improves comfort.
- Moisture Control – Controlling moisture can make your home more energy-efficient, less costly to heat and cool, and more comfortable.
- Ventilation – Controlled ventilation keeps energy-efficient homes healthy and comfortable.
Add solar water heater, tankless or other energy efficient option for hot water
Add solar panels to heat/condition your home
Downsize your living space
Drive less- combine errands and trips
Use public transportation for local and long distance trips
Rent a pickup truck from the home goods store instead of owning one
Research and test drive electric vehicles next time you vehicle shop
Research and test drive hybrid vehicles next time you vehicle shop
Carpool, rideshare or bike to work (once you return to work) or use public transportation
Commit to offset your air or vehicle travel carbon output
Take and support the no idle pledge
Avoid pesticides/herbicides in your lawn/garden
Plant native flowers, bushes, and/or trees in your yard (or pots on porch)
Convert part of your lawn or garden space to a natives pollinator garden
Capture storm water in rain gardens, rain barrels and/or vegetated areas
Contact an elected official at least once a month re: the climate crisis
Join & support at least two local environmental organizations
Vote for elected official dedicated to addressing the climate crisis
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIVING SUSTAINABLY
Consider buying clothes that are not from the “fast fashion industry” or clothes that are mostly from synthetic materials made from petroleum products.
Get a home energy audit
Use web browsers, mobile phone companies, etc. that give back
- www.ecosia.org plants trees for every web search you make. Your searches plant trees in some of the harshest places on Earth. In Burkina Faso, they make the desert fertile again.
- https://www.credomobile.com/ – since 1985, CREDO Donations top $91 million, funded solely through the revenue from CREDO products like CREDO Long Distance, Working Assets Credit Card, CREDO Mobile and CREDO Energy.
Make sustainable furniture choices
Complete a garbage/waste audit
Download an app that has suggestions on reducing your carbon footprint.
Consider a “green burial”