Making Democracy Work

TAKE THE CHALLENGE!

Below are actions you can take to make our environment greener, reduce carbon output and save money

Use Less Gasoline
  • Carpool, ride your bike, or walk when possible
  • Buy a fuel-efficient car, especially a hybrid vehicle
  • Check tire pressure monthly and keep at optimal pressure to maximize fuel efficiency
  • Limit air travel and choose activities closer to home
  • Use electric rather than gas powered lawn mowers, blowers, trimmers, and hedgers
  • Buy locally produced food
  • Create less waste which requires fuel to transport

Conserve Natural Resources
  • Support efforts to protect forests and natural areas
  • Plant trees and shrubs, as they produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide
  • Reduce consumption and buy durable, long-lasting products with less packaging
  • Recycle newspapers, tin cans, plastic, and glass
  • Use both sides of your paper
  • Use rechargeable batteries when possible
  • Choose reusable and recyclable containers, commuter mugs, plates, razors, and cameras over disposable ones
  • Carry purchases home in a canvas or string bag
  • Install sink aerators and low-flow shower heads
  • Take shorter showers
  • Use dishwasher (full load & scrape rather than rinse plates) over hand washing
  • Buy phosphate free detergents
  • Find your local recycling centers at http://www.earth911.org

Use Energy More Efficiently
  • Buy ENERGY STAR appliances. Special offers available at http://www.energystar.gov
  • Unplug appliances and chargers when not in use
  • Turn off computer or put in "sleep" mode when not in use
  • Replace at least 3 incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs
  • Allow more natural light: artificial light accounts for 15% of home's electricity
  • Wash laundry in cold water when possible
  • Keep your water heater at 120F or below
  • Turn off lights, appliances, and TVs when not in use
  • Dial the heater/AC down 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer
  • Place your air conditioner in the shade
  • Keep windows closed/shades down when using AC
  • Analyze your energy use at http://www.comedcare.com
  • Hire someone to conduct an energy audit
  • Insulate your attic, seal exposed ductwork, and install weather-stripping to minimize heat loss
  • Use a programmable thermostat

Support Renewable Energy
  • Install solar panels and solar powered outdoor lights
  • Offset air travel by investing in renewable energy at http://www.terrapass.org
  • Support renewable energy through renewable energy brokers or Tradable Renewable Energy Certificates at +http://www.green-e.org

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Support for this event comes from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a grant from Oxfam of America, and our sponsors.

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area serves Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, LaGrange, LaGrange Highlands, LaGrange Park, Riverside, Westchester, and Western Springs. Members reside in these and surrounding communities.