Simple ways you can reduce your environmental impact at home.
Make the Switch to Green Electricity
Did you know that electricity production makes up a third of your carbon footprint? You can help change that. Mass Audubon has teamed up with Mass Energy to Make the Switch to green electricity, and we are encouraging others to do the same-it's easier than you think! Find out how with Mass Audubon.
Get an Energy Audit
An energy audit can help you pinpoint air gaps from windows, doors, and foundations, and prioritize the most cost-effective energy-efficient improvements to make. Conserving energy will reduce CO2 emissions and save you money. Contact your utility company, Mass Save, to find out if you are eligible for a no-cost energy assessment.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
An Energy Star appliance (washers, refrigerators, and dishwashers) costs more initially, but you'll pay less over its lifetime in reduced energy costs. Many utility companies give rebates to help offset the initial extra cost.
Use Better Bulbs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) save energy and money. Each CFL uses 66% less energy than a conventional incandescent bulb, lasts up to 10 times longer, and saves more than $30 per bulb in energy costs over its lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. CFL or not, be sure to turn off the lights when you leave the room.
Be Water Wise
The energy used to heat or pump water releases carbon dioxide into the air. Wash clothes in cold water. Set your mower at its highest setting to keep your lawn green with minimal or no watering during the summer. Install water efficient toilets, shower heads, and fixtures. Conserving water also helps to protect our aquatic habitats, which are often stressed by water withdrawals. Carry a water bottle and limit your use of single service bottled beverages. Learn more at EPA's Watersense website.
Cell phone chargers, microwaves, digital clocks, DVD players, televisions and other electronic items continue consuming energy when left plugged in. Unplug them when not in use or purchase a energy efficient power strip that eliminates “phantom energy.”