Help build new wind farms.
Purchasing Cool Tags or other wind energy credits helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promotes renewable energy. For each $2 Cool Tag sold, Clif Bar invests 100% of the proceeds in NativeEnergy's WindBuilders program. Each Cool Tag offsets on average 300 miles of driving.
Eat organic food.
Organic foods are not only tastier and better for you, they also support farming practices that use 30-50% less fossil fuels, no synthetic chemicals and store up carbon in the soil instead of releasing it to the atmosphere. Buy locally-grown foods whenever you can. Switching to a diet rich in organic foods can save 4,000 lbs of CO2 from being emitted annually.
Change a light, change the world.
ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use at least 2/3 less energy than standard lighting, generate 70 percent less heat, and last up to 10 times longer. Using just one CFL bulb saves 450 lbs. of CO2 and can save you $30 or more in energy costs over its lifetime.
Keep your car tires inflated.
By maintaining the proper air pressure in your tires, you'll increase your car's fuel efficiency, save money on gas and help to reduce our dependency on oil.
- Keeping your tires adequately inflated saves 250 pounds of CO2 and $840 per year.
- Your car will get up to 3% better fuel economy.
- You will save up to $0.09 / gallon.
Buy a fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle.
Ditching your gas guzzler for a hybrid will save you a lot of money on gas, drastically reduce your CO2 emissions and reduce our dependency on oil. Additionally, hybrid owners are often rewarded by the government with significant tax breaks. Opting for a hybrid car can reduce your CO2 output by 16,000 lbs. and save you $3,750 per year.
Switch to biodiesel in your diesel vehicle.
Running your diesel vehicle on biodiesel, a vegetable oil-based alternative fuel, is an easy and cost effective way to reduce your vehicle's CO2 emissions. It can be mixed freely with regular diesel in any proportion right in your tank. Using just 20% biodiesel (B20) can reduce your CO2 emissions output by 4 lbs CO2 per gallon.
By carpooling just twice a week, your CO2 output can be reduced by 3,180 lbs., while you can save up to $1,000 per year on fuel.
Hail the bicycle!
Drive the ultimate in clean transportation. For every mile you ride your bike instead of driving a car, you avoid the production of 1 lb. of CO2.
Trees are the ultimate multi-taskers. They provide wildlife habitat, clean the air and water, and fight global warming by removing carbon from the atmosphere. Planting just one tree a year, can remove up to 5,000 lbs of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Reduce the amount of waste you produce. For every pound of waste you eliminate or recycle, you save energy and reduce emissions of CO2 by at least 1 pound. Cutting down your garbage by half of one large trash bag per week saves at least 1,100 pounds of CO2 per year.
Home heating and cooling.
Be careful not to overheat or overcool rooms. Turn your thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter. Lowering your thermostat just two degrees during winter saves 6 percent of heating-related CO2 emissions. That's a reduction of 420 pounds of CO2 per year for a typical home.
Run your home with clean, green renewable energy.
Visit www.green-e.org to find green power in your state. Buy renewable energy credits that help build new sources of clean energy. And save 6-12 tons of CO2 pollution each year by switching to clean electricity.
Learn more about global warming climate solutions in the Northwest by visiting http://www.climatesolutions.org/