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EVERYWHERE
___ Know that you can make a difference for the better
___ Reduce your consumption of resources
___ Reuse items
___ Recycle items, especially paper, glass and metal (try to throw away as little as feasible)
___ Repair items instead of replacing them
___ Pick up litter and recycle or dispose of it properly
___ Cut up plastic six-pack rings before recycling or disposing of them
___ Support environmentally-conscious businesses
___ Avoid having too many children (consider adopting instead)

COMMUNITY
___ Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other, e.g., car pool, buy in bulk, lend/borrow items
___ Communicate your concerns about the environment to elected officials
___ Vote for, volunteer for, and/or, contribute to environmentally-sensitive candidates and elected officials
___ Support more funding for public transit
___ Join, and/or volunteer for, environmental community groups
___ Subscribe to local environmental email list(s)
___ Organize programs to encourage and help others do items in this checklist

FOOD
___ Reduce your consumption of meat, fish, dairy and eggs (consider becoming a vegan or vegetarian)
___ Buy/consume foods which are grown locally and/or certified organic
___ Use a lid when boiling water, etc. - to reduce energy used

HOME (and, in some cases, at work)
___ Put a brick or weighted plastic jug in your toilet tank
___ Don't flush the toilet every time when practical
___ Turn your water heater down (e.g., to 120F)
___ Reduce use of heating (put on more clothes, turn down thermostat before going to bed)
___ Reduce use of air conditioning (open windows, close blinds and curtains, use a fan)
___ Turn off lights, appliances, etc. when not in use
___ Unplug appliances which constantly consume electricity
___ Don't leave the water running when you're not actually using it, e.g., while brushing teeth, shaving, rinsing dishes
___ Don't pre-rinse dishes before loading in dishwasher
___ Operate the dishwasher only when full
___ Take showers instead of baths
___ Turn off the water during showers while you're soaping or shampooing
___ Limit the time you spend in the shower and take fewer showers
___ Install low-flow shower heads and faucets
___ Fix leaking faucets
___ Check for leaking toilets by adding a few drops of food coloring to the water in the tank and see if it appears in the bowl
___ Wear clothing items more than once before washing them when feasible (set up a place to put clothes already worn but not needing to be washed yet)
___ Do only full loads of laundry and use the shortest cycle feasible
___ Hand wash clothes (except suits) instead of having them dry-cleaned
___ Use sponges, rags and cloth towels instead of paper towels when feasible
___ Air dry clothes when feasible
___ Donate old clothes to charity
___ Replace incandescent light bulbs (especially those you use the most) with compact fluorescent bulbs
___ Ensure there's adequate weather-stripping or caulking on doorways and windows
___ Wrap your water heater with an insulation jacket
___ Request a free energy audit from your utility company
___ Request a free water conservation survey from your water company
___ Have your house converted to use solar energy
___ Reduce junk mail (ask to be removed from mailing lists)
___ Cancel subscriptions you don't need
___ Set up place(s) to put recyclable items
___ Take hazardous materials (paints, cleaners, etc.) to approved sites for proper disposal
___ Use plants (e.g., native, naturally drought-resistant) which don't require a lot of water
___ Reduce the amount of grass which requires watering in your yards
___ Avoid using pesticides/chemicals in your yards
___ Don't water the lawn when the sun is at its peak
___ Don't overwater your lawn and plants
___ Start a compost pile for yard waste and some food scraps
___ Plant trees, especially where they'll provide shade for your house
___ Let grass grow long where feasible
___ Use a lawn mower with a mulcher
___ Clean driveways, etc. with a broom, not a hose
___ Work out of your home as much as feasible (e.g., telecommute, go to workplace for fewer days but longer hours)
___ Live/work in the smallest building/space feasible and/or rent out extra rooms

SHOPPING
___ Take your own bags (e.g., cloth) to the store
___ Buy used items when feasible
___ Reduce purchases of disposable products (e.g., paper towels, cups, batteries, razors)
___ Avoid buying items with excessive packaging and packaging which cannot be recycled
___ Buy only items you're sure you'll use
___ Buy items in bulk
___ Buy concentrated products
___ Buy items, especially paper products, with "post-consumer" recycled content when feasible
___ Buy energy-efficient appliances
___ Buy plug-in, instead of battery-powered, appliances
___ Buy clothes which contain organic cotton, hemp, recycled PET plastic and/or unbleached and non-toxic dyes
___ Avoid buying products made from tropical hardwoods or old growth trees
___ Avoid using the store's bags

TRANSPORTATION
___ Walk, ride a bike, use public transit or car pool instead of driving when feasible
___ Plan ahead to combine trips
___ Use your most efficient vehicle when feasible
___ Keep your vehicle in good operating condition (tuned up, emissions system checked, tires properly inflated) or buy a new fuel-efficient vehicle
___ Avoid quick starts
___ Drive slower
___ Avoid idling your vehicle for long periods
___ Wash your car at a car wash or with water from a bucket (vice a hose)

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