Resources for Healthy Air and Climate
We all want to reduce our carbon footprint and help stop the effects of climate change. The problem can seem overwhelming, but there’s a lot one person can do! And not only will these tips help you save the planet, many of them will help you live healthier and save money at the same time.
Be a First Responder
We’re in a climate emergency. Our Climate First Responders are dedicated activists who stand ready to speak up when threats to our air and planet surface. Sign up here.
Conserve energy in your home and office
- Turn off unused lights in your home, school, and office and put TVs and microwaves on power strips so you can turn them off easily—the simplest way to fight vampire draw!
- Reduce drafts and air leaks with caulk, insulation, and weather stripping. Learn how a low-cost energy audit can help you with these projects here.
- Thermostat: don’t set it too high or low. Install a programmable model to turn down the heat/air conditioning when you’re not home—and keep things comfortable while you are.
- Use cold water to do your laundry.
- Make water-efficient choices when purchasing shower heads, faucet heads, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines. Check out the Energy Star buying guide for ideas and products here.
- Check out more ways to save energy (and the planet) on the Energy Star website.
- Add solar panels to the roof of your home. This could cost a little more now, but costs are dropping and many providers offer financing and leasing opportunities. Click here for more information about installing solar panels at your home.
- Can’t put solar on your roof? Sign our petition to expand shared solar in Connecticut!
Getting from place to place
- Carpool with coworkers and friends, or take the train, bus, or bike!
- Drive steadily—speeding and unnecessary acceleration reduce your mileage and waste gas.
- Properly inflate your tires, use the correct grade of motor oil, and keep your engine tuned. (Some maintenance fixes, like fixing faulty oxygen sensors, can increase fuel efficiency by up to 40 percent.)
- When it’s time for your next new car, consider a hybrid or electric vehicle. They’re getting more affordable all the time—learn about state and federal rebates here. See a map of electric vehicle charging stations across the country here. You can also download the app!
On your plate
- Eat local and organic: about 13 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are from the production and transport of food and most commercial pesticides contain petroleum products.
- Eat less meat, which uses more land and water and generates more greenhouse gas emissions per unit of protein than any other commonly consumed food.
- Over 20 percent of the trash transported to landfills and trash plants is wasted food. Minimize greenhouse gas emissions from waste by composting food scraps. No room for composting? A worm bin can fit right in your apartment!
- Skip single use items such as bottled water and takeout coffee—choose reusable containers to cut waste.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Waste is generated throughout the life cycle of a product, which includes resource extraction, manufacturing, and disposal. Reducing, reusing, and recycling helps conserve energy and reduces pollution and greenhouse gases. Check out the difference recycling and reusing make with these green calculators!
Your government representatives
Remind your legislators how important clean air is to you and your family. Watch for our alerts and action forms that you can send to your representatives about important climate and energy policy. Or get started right now—find your legislators and how to contact them here.