10 small ways to make a big difference
In Your Home
- "Right-size" your trash bin and use recycle as much as you can. It can save you $100 per year and avoid releasing 12,000 pounds of CO2e.
- Replace your water heater with a more efficient one and take advantage of both City rebates and state rebates
- Install triple-paned low-E insulated frame windows. They can save 33% of heating costs!
- Buy low or no VOC paints.
- Install water-efficient showerheads and faucets. 1.8 gallon per minute showerheads can reduce your hot water consumption by as much as 10%.
- Stop junk mail and recycle the junk mail you still get.
- Use power strips for your computer/printer and TV/gaming stations. Even when these items are shut off they still draw energy that you are charged for but a power strip will eliminate the extra charges.
- Purchase Green Energy.
- Buy a console that has an automatic power-down feature. 50% of users leaving their machines on after playing.
- Replace your toilet with a Water Sense toilet and receive a $35 rebate and an additional $15 for recycling your old one.
In Your Yard
- Install a green cone or composter in your yard. Food scraps will break down into great soil supplements that you can add to your garden.
- Plant a tree! A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs. per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.
- Plant a garden. It is healthier for your family and avoids trucks driving into the community.
- Plant drought tolerant native trees – Honey locust, Bur Oak, or Catulpa.
- Plant native plants when landscaping or gardening try Bee Plant, Golden Tickseed, Purple Prairie Clover, Blanket Flower , Annual Sunflower.
- Place a container or garden near your water gutters.
- Reuse cooking water for your plants.
- Consider buffalo grass. This prairie native does best in full sun and clay soil and survives on little water as well.
- Get a FREE home sprinkler system audit.
- Protect your kids against mosquitoes without DEET. Lemon, eucalyptus, and soybean oil works for 2-4 hours, and peppermint oil for 20 minutes.
- Join the Energy Star program
- Take advantage of industry-specific rebates for efficiency upgrades (i.e. ice machines, electric fryers, zero-energy glass doors, desk lamps).
- Set your printer’s default to prints on both sides.
- Get rid of the Styrofoam; there are plenty of "green" alternatives.
- Join Climate Wise.
- Lease a cardboard bailer to reduce trash costs.
- Put a box near the copier and reuse paper before recycling.
- Only shred the confidential part of a document; shredded paper is difficult to recycle.
- Install green cones or sign up for compost collection service.
- Encourage teleworking to reduce transportation pollution.
- Check your tires. Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve gas mileage by more than 3%.
- Visit the Fort Collins Bike Library when you have guests in town to borrow bikes for a day or month.
- Visit Smart Trips (https://www.smarttrips.org/) to join a carpool or share a ride to a specific event such as a Nuggets game.
- Use cruise control. Each 5 mph over 60 mph is like paying an additional 10 cents per gallon for gas.
- Switch your car engine so that you can use biodiesel; kits are available on-line.
- Buy a hybrid vehicle.
- Find your zen; aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town.
- Avoid idling at lights, when picking up your children or waiting for the train. Turn your engine off after 30 seconds of waiting.
- Find a tire dealer or service station that put old tires to new uses: floor mats, adhesives, gaskets, shoe soles, and more.
- Use Transfort’s new clean compressed natural gas buses.
In Your Community
- Shop Fort Collins First to ensures that economic power resides locally.
- Shop at the Farmers Market
- Volunteer at one of many of the non profit organizations in town.
- Buy a Community Supported Agricultural share to support local farmers.
- Join a community garden or start one at your HOA.
- Join the community car share program.
- Skip printing receipts at gas stations and the bank. If everyone skipped printing an ATM receipt it would save a 2 billion foot long paper trail that could circle the earth 12 times.
- Separate and drop off glass at Chippers or Rivendell Recycling Center- 1702 Riverside.
- Donate gently used clothing and household items.
- Buy in bulk when shopping to reduce packaging waste.