Use Green Power
Reduce your impact on the environment by purchasing "green energy" – electricity created from renewable resources such as biomass, solar and wind energy. For an additional $4.50 a month, you can opt for 150 kilowatt-hours of Green Power a month.
Reduce Energy Use
Using less energy is one of the best ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Reduce your home's energy use by taking advantage of the tools we offer for saving energy at home, (Link to Residential/Save Energy & Money) including:
- Energy saving tips
- Analyzing your energy use
- Right Choice™ with ENERGY STAR® Homes
- DIY energy-saving projects
Use water efficiently
Droughts and water-use restrictions have underlined the importance of using water wisely. In addition, it takes energy to purify and distribute water to you. Here are a few tips:
- Fix leaking faucets and toilets
- Consider plants and landscaping that need less watering
- Look for water-saving products with the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense label.
Reduce gasoline use
- Consider fuel-efficient models when buying your next car.
- Find gas-saving ways to get to work, such as carpooling.
- See if your employer will let you work at home either for a day or so a week or full time.
- Try to run several errands at once and plan your route.
- Keep your tires properly inflated and perform routine maintenance.
Recycling not only reduces waste headed for landfills, but also saves energy. Making aluminum products from recycled aluminum uses 95% less energy than making aluminum from virgin ore. Making boxes and paper from recycled cardboard, newspaper and office paper requires much less energy than starting with wood chips.
- Support recycling by buying products made from recycled materials. Look for "recycled" on labels, and get the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content you can find.
- Check with your county about recycling options or go to Earth 911™ for recycling locations.
- Recycle CFLs. Dispose of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) carefully, because they contain a small amount of mercury. Almost all parts of a CFL are recyclable. Both Lowe's and Home Depot recycle CFLs and other fluorescent lamps, and your county may offer CFL recycling.