SAVE THE EARTH AT HOME

  • Insulate your home
  • Buy energy efficient appliances 
  • Caulk and weather-strip
  • Install storm windows 
  • Wear warm clothing and turn down your thermostat 
  • Close off unused areas in your home 
  • Buy low wattage or compact fluorescent light bulbs 
  • Turn off lights that don't need to be on 
  • Use cold water instead of hot 
  • Use small ovens or stove-top cooking methods instead of your oven 
  • Don't burn wood during periods of high pollution 
  • Convert your fireplace to natural gas logs 
  • Don't let your fire smolder 
  • Use hard, dry wood when you do burn 
  • Buy a new, low polluting wood stove 
  • Put your fire completely out before you go to bed 
  • Clean your chimney 
  • Set your refrigerator to 38 degrees, no colder 
  • Insulate your water heater 
  • Substitute lemon oil or beeswax for wood cleaners, polishes and waxes 
  • Recycle aluminum and glass 
  • Recycle newspapers 
  • Reuse glass containers 
  • Buy a house plant 
  • Plant a tree 
  • Plant evergreen trees on the north side of your house 
  • Plant deciduous trees on the south 
  • Do all ironing at one time 
  • Snuggle with a friend and turn down the thermostat 
  • Run dishwashers only when fully loaded 
  • Run clothes washers only when fully loaded, but don't overload 
  • Hang your laundry to dry 
  • Clean the lint screen on your dryer 
  • Take quick showers instead of baths 
  • Install water-efficient showerheads and faucets 
  • Turn down your water heater to 121 degrees 
  • Start a recycling program in your neighborhood 
  • Defrost your freezer 
  • Buy recycled paper 
  • Cook with quick-heating, copper-bottom pans to conserve energy
  • Teach your children about these ideas 
  • Use your microwave instead of the oven 
  • Limit or eliminate using disposable items 
  • Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store 
  • Reuse your paper and plastic bags 
  • Write companies urging them to use paper rather than plastics 
  • Request paper instead of styrofoam whenever possible 
  • Use water-based paints whenever possible 
  • Buy products that will last 
  • Don't buy fire extinguishers containing halon