Four Rs


  • Buy items with longer lives, such as compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Install new, Energy-star appliances
  • Insulate doors, window, crawlspaces, and attics
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat and set it to lower the heat and air conditioning overnight
  • Replace faucets, toilets, and shower heads with low-flow ones


  • Avoid disposable items
  • Bring your own travel coffee mug to your favorite coffee shop
  • Buy used goods, books and clothing that can be found a number of places
  • Donate unwanted electronics to daycare, schools, and shelters
  • Use old toothbrushes and socks for cleaning


  • Find a recycling center near you
  • Recycle aluminum, steel, newspaper, glass, and plastics
  • Use rechargeable batteries


  • Plant new trees to help reforest the land
  • Use renewable energy when possible