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Want to stay warm in the winter without risking warming the oceans? Before you turn on the heater, throw on some socks, a scarf, or a sweater. Relying on warm clothes can also save you money that you would've spent on your energy bill!
Swap some light bulbs! Energy Star certified light bulbs are significantly more efficient than standard bulbs, but LED and CFL bulbs that do not have an Energy Star logo on the box are still better choices than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
Try to walk, bike, or use public transportation when you can. If you must drive, use cruise control as often as possible! Using cruise control lowers the amount of gas you use, thus lowering the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere.
Check your tire pressure! Keeping your tires properly inflated increases your car’s fuel efficiency. This can reduce your personal carbon emissions by up to 105 lbs of CO2 per year, and save you money on fuel! Make sure to fill tires to the recommended pressure for your car - find this info in your owner’s manual or on the inside of the driver’s side door!
Switching to reusable products is great for reducing plastic but be mindful with what you buy! To make sure you’re reducing emissions from creating reusable products, make sure to buy only the amount of reusables you need. For example, if you want to give up single-use plastic bags for reusable grocery bags, make sure to purchase only how many you need! Now, you're reducing plastic and not over-contributing to the manufacture of too many reusables.
Consider using biofuels! E10 is gasoline for gas engine cars that is 10% ethanol. As the ethanol is grown via corn it sequesters carbon from the atmosphere as it grows thus cutting down from the emissions you output while driving! And don’t worry E10 won’t damage your car. The U.S. Energy Information Administration confirms that E10 is safe to use in all gasoline engines! Just be sure it is E10 and not E15 or E85.