Green Tips For Your Home

Conserve natural resources and save money through the choices you make every day.

Transportation Improvements

Drive/Fly Less

  • Walk, bike, and ride-share.
  • Combine trips and shorten commutes.
  • Increase your use of public transportation.

Drive Better

  • Lower your speed. Every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is equivalent to paying 20 cents extra per gallon of gas.
  • Fully inflate tires, tune-up vehicles, and stop idling.
  • Remove excess weight from the vehicle. For example, 100 pounds of material carried in a car will reduce gas mileage by 3-5%.
  • Try other eco-driving techniques-see www.ecodrivingusa.com

Improve Fuel Efficiency

  • Choose hybrids or vehicles/scooters with greater miles per gallon.
  • Consider bio-fuels.

Efficiency Opportunities

Current Homes

  • Use day or natural lighting in winter; close shades in summer.
  • Install compact fluorescent bulbs, which use about one quarter of the energy and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Turn off lights, computers and other electronics when not in use.
  • Set computers to hibernate in 30 minutes.
  • Paint interiors with light colors.
  • Adjust temperature settings for winter, summer, and when your home is occupied and unoccupied. By resetting your programmable thermostat from 72°F to 65°F for eight hours a day (for instance, while no one is home or everyone is sleeping), you can cut your heating bill by up to 10%.
  • Add roof and wall insulation.
  • Install a water-heater blanket and lower the temperature setting.
  • Wash in cold water.
  • Air-dry dishes.
  • Use barrier film on windows.
  • Buy ENERGY STAR® appliances/equipment.
  • Use power strips to avoid phantom use.
  • Add solar or geothermal for heat/cooling or hot water.
  • Install super efficient HVAC systems
  • Add a green or reflective roof
  • Rehab/upgrade to LEED™, ENERGY STAR® or other green standard

New Homes

  • Build to LEED™, ENERGY STAR®, or other green standard. A typical ENERGY STAR home is 15-30% more efficient, delivering $200 to $400 annual savings in utility bills.

Water Use

  • Install low-flow shower heads, toilets and faucets

  • Consolidate-full loads for dishes and laundry

  • Plant drought-resistant landscaping

Food Choices

  • Eat less meat and less deepwater fish, and buy locally, eat organic foods

Waste Reduction

Buy & Use Less

  • Scrutinize purchases - if you don't need it, don't buy it.
  • Convert to electronic documents.
  • Print double-sided.
  • Eliminate junk mail -call the sender and remove your name from their mailing list

Buy Green

  • Buy products that are bio-degradable, have less packaging and include recycled content.
  • Use concentrates to reduce on packaging sizes.

Re-Use

  • Redistribute usable items to charities, thrift stores, garage sales, churches, etc.
  • Don't use disposables items, such as paper cups, food storage containers, towels, grocery bags, etc.

Recycle More

  • Encourage friends, neighbors, family, employers to participate in recycling.

  • Increase the amount of items you recycle. Every ton of paper made from recycled materials saves 17 trees, 6,953 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of air pollution, 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space, and 4,077 kilowatt hours of energy.

Living Arrangements & Land Use

Live Closer To Work, Schools & Businesses

  • Consider mixed-use communities

  • Live near mass transit
  • Consume less space through multi-unit structures or smaller square footage homes/offices/work places

Conserve Green Space

  • Plant trees and native species that require less water; plant less grass
  • Incorporate community gardens
  • Minimize parking and use pervious pavement
  • Increase trail systems