20 Easy, Everyday Ways to Fight Climate Change

With just a few simple changes in daily routines, individuals and businesses can lessen their impact on the environment and save money at the same time.


At Home

  • Look for recycled versions of the products you use regularly, including home paper products, computer ink cartridges, plastics, glass, computer paper
  • Check your insulation because older homes tend to have less insulation, making the homes less energy efficient
  • Replace light bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs that use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs
  • Recycle as much as you can including newspapers, magazines, plastics and glass
  • Turn off the lights when you're not in the room
  • Stop junk mail deliveries
  • Purchase energy efficient appliances
  • Take shorter showers and turn off the water while shaving and brushing your teeth
  • Drive slower to save gas
  • Use as much natural light as possible
  • Buy local and find area markets that grow produce on-site to reduce shipping emissions

At Work

  • Use recycled paper
  • Print on both sides
  • Carpool, use public transportation or ride a bike to work
  • Turn down the thermostat
  • Purchase energy efficient appliances
  • Use sleep mode for your copiers and fax machines
  • Turn off the lights in offices or conference rooms if they will be unoccupied for more than 10 minutes
  • Consider LEED certification standards for new company construction
  • Work from home by telecommuting