1. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
Replace three frequently used light bulbs with CFLs and save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide and over $60 a year.
2. Save the water bottle
Instead of buying bottled water, use a reusable bottle, refilling it each time with good Kansas City water.
3. Pull the plug on electronics and chargers
Mobile phones, personal digital assistants, mp3 players, digital cameras and other electronics use energy, even if they are turned off with the charger still going.
4. Buy Local Food Products
You may pay a bit more at the grocery store, but local products require less fuel to be transported to market. Additionally, products that use less packaging reduce your garbage.
5. Take Shorter Showers
Water for bathing accounts for two-thirds of all water heating costs.
6. Take cloth bags to the store
Bring your own cloth bags to use instead of paper or plastic. Reused cloth bags reduce waste and require no additional energy for manufacturing.
7. Use recycled paper
Paper products marked 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, save countless trees and 5 pounds of carbon dioxide per ream.
Visit Recyclespot.org, your online spot for recycling tips and information.
Visit the 5 Green Things section from Bridging the Gap for additional tips.