- Use Energy Star appliances and heating and cooling systems in your home.
- Encourage energy audits in your businesses, religious institutions, schools, and other locations. Your local utilities may help and may have lists of companies that will refit facilities to be energy efficient.
- Plant trees. A healthy community has 40% tree coverage on its land. How does your community score?
- Keep your car well-maintained and check the tire pressure to reduce pollution and cut gas bills. Encourage your business, community school and other institutions with vehicles to do the same.
- Plant native trees and plants. Native plants do not require much maintenance or upkeep and they can replace grass which requires mowing. Also, a healthy community has 40% tree coverage on its land. How does your community score?
- Maintain your lawnmower or use a non-motorized push mower. Poorly maintained lawnmowers are responsible for a significant share of air pollution. If possible, use non-gasoline-powered landscaping and gardening equipment
- Support mass transit and other alternatives to single-passenger, gasoline-powered cars for commuting in your community and region.
- Reduce junk mail. Producing junk mail uses energy and trees, causes pollution and requires energy to dispose of. Reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by as much as 75%! Request that your name be removed from lists and not be sold to new mailing companies. Send your request to:Mail Preference Service – U.S., Direct Marketing Association, 11 West 42nd St., PO. Box 3861, New York, NY 10163-3861
Mail Preference Service – Canada, Canadian Direct Marketing Association, 1 Concorde Gate, Suite 607, Don Mills, Ontario N3C 3N6
- Urge the government to invest in the research and use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources.