Shut off electrical equipment in the evening when you leave work.
Copy and print on both sides of paper.
Reuse items like envelopes, folders and paper clips.
Use mailer sheets for interoffice mail instead of an envelope.
Set up a bulletin board for memos instead of sending a copy to each employee.
Use e-mail instead of paper correspondence.
Use recycled paper.
Use discarded paper for scrap paper.
Encourage your school and/or company to print documents with soy-based inks, which are less toxic.
Use a ceramic coffee mug instead of a disposable cup.
Recycle printer cartridges.
Walk or ride your bike instead of driving, whenever possible.
Carpool or vanpool to get to work.
AT HOME - CONSERVE ENERGY
Clean or replace air filters on your air conditioning unit at least once a month.
If you have central air conditioning, do not close vents in unused rooms.
Turn off unneeded lights even when leaving a room for a short time.
Set your refrigerator temperature at 36° to 38° and your freezer at 0° to 5°.
When using an oven, minimize door opening while it is in use; it reduces oven temperature by 25° to 30°every time you open the door.
Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load so that it uses less energy.
Use a microwave whenever you can instead of a conventional oven or stove.
Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.
Turn off lights, computers and other appliances when not in use.
Only use electric appliances when you need them.
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and energy.
Use cold water instead of warm or hot water when possible.
Use reusable containers to store food instead of aluminum foil and cling wrap.
AT HOME - REDUCE TOXICITY
Eliminate mercury from your home by purchasing items without mercury, and dispose of items containing mercury at an appropriate drop-off facility when necessary (e.g., old thermometers, incandescent bulbs).
Learn about alternatives to household cleaning items that do not use hazardous chemicals.
Review labels of household cleaners you use. Consider alternatives like baking soda, scouring pads, water or a little more elbow grease.
Use traps instead of rat and mouse poisons and insect killers.
Leave grass clippings on the yard—they decompose and return nutrients to the soil.
Take actions that use non hazardous components (e.g., to ward off pests, plant marigolds in a garden instead of using pesticide).
Put leaves in a compost heap instead of burning them or throwing them away.
WAYS TO PROTECT AIR
Use solar power for heating.
Purchase radial tires and keep them properly inflated for your vehicle.
Paint with brushes or rollers instead of using spray paints to minimize harmful emissions.
Ignite charcoal barbecues with an electric probe.
Report smoking vehicles.
Avoid slow-burning fires to prevent pollution.
WAYS TO USE LESS WATER
Check and fix any water leaks.
Install water-saving devices on your faucets and toilets.
Don’t wash dishes with the water running continuously.
Install a low-flow shower head.
Turn off washing machine’s water supply to prevent leaks.
WAYS TO PROTECT WATER
Never dump anything down a storm drain.
Have your septic tank pumped and system i
Check your car for oil or other leaks, and recycle motor oil.
Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.
Buy items in bulk from loose bins when possible to reduce the packaging wasted.
Avoid products with several layers of packaging when only one is sufficient. About 33% of what we throw away is packaging.
Buy products that you can reuse.
Check reports for products that are easily repaired and have low breakdown rates.
Reuse items like bags and containers when possible.
Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
Use reusable plates and utensils instead of disposable ones.
Shop with a canvas bag instead of using paper and plastic bags.
Reuse packaging cartons and shipping materials. Old newspapers make great packaging material.