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Make $mart Energy Choices

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The energy choices we make everyday all have impacts – some positive, others negative, and some a blend of both. However, energy efficiency is the energy option that typically provides the most benefits with the least costs. Making the right energy choices can help you lead a greener lifestyle while saving some green, too.

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
Calculating your carbon footprint is a great way to learn how much energy you are currently using so you can see where smart energy choices can reduce your consumption and your monthly bills, as well.

Reduce Your Home or Office Energy Carbon Footprint

drive_steering_wheel.pngReduce Your Carbon Footprint From Driving

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint From Air Travel

  • Fly less. Until there is a viable alternative to petroleum-based aviation fuel, you should avoid flying when possible, fly less frequently, fly shorter distances, and fly economy class.
  • Fly direct. Fly the most direct route possible, since take-offs and landings use the most fuel.
  • Pack light. Lighter planes mean less fuel is burned.
  • Virtually travel for work. Increase your use of video-conferencing tools like Skype and GoToWebinar instead of traveling for conferences and meetings.
  • Vacation closer to home. Enjoy a Stay-cation in your own town, especially if live in a place that tourists from elsewhere visit! You’ll save money and avoid the stress of airport security.

farmers-marketReduce Your Food Carbon Footprint From Food

  • Eat local. Reduce the distance your food travels from farm to table since 1/3 of our greenhouse gas emissions come from agricultural production and transportation.
  • Eat in-season. Eating foods that are in season reduces transportation miles and the energy required for cold storage.
  • Practice Meatless Mondays. Livestock emits methane and contributes about 15 percent of total greenhouse gases, according to a United Nations report. Locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains are healthier for both your body and the planet.
  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods. The more processed food is, the higher its carbon footprint.
  • Practice portion control. Start with less food on your plate, and chances are less food will end up in the landfill.

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