What You Can Do
What You Can Do » The Easy Stuff
We must all, collectively, say that yes, we will work hard to embrace a sustainable future, which involves becoming an advocate for renewable energy, conservation and efficiency.
These tips will help you get there, but everything starts with you believing in a prosperous future that you can help create.
EASY & MONEY-SAVING
Drive less. Carpool, combine trips, take public transportation, ride your bike, walk, skateboard, hop, skip or jump.
Have your home reflect the season. Turn your thermostat up 3 degrees in the summer and down 3 degrees in the winter. And clean out those air filters in your air conditioner and furnace.
Buy energy efficient appliances. Just look for the EnergyStar. And when you aren’t using those electronic devices, simply turn them off (and unplug them).
In the laundry room, wash your clothes in cold water, and when possible, hang them up to dry instead of using a dryer.
Don’t use chemicals on your lawn and water only when necessary.
Make your own cleaning supplies. Go online to find non-toxic formulas that’ll get the grime out.
Buy less stuff. Ask yourself: Do I really need this? Can I use something I already have? Can I borrow or rent it? Can I buy it second-hand?
EASY & COSTS A LITTLE
Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Or even better, with LEDs.
Recycle! You can drop off many types of recyclables for free at sites around Lincoln. Call 402-441-8215 for details. There are also local companies that will pick up recyclables from your home for as little as $10 a month.
Install low-flow showerheads in your home.
Plant a tree. Not only does it help reduce carbon in the atmosphere, but it increases your property value. Also, it creates more things people can hug.
EASY LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Take a stand against bottled water. Bring along your own reusable bottle or cup instead.
Take a stand against plastic bags. Tote bags are becoming the rage, and no doubt you will be able find a stylish design that fits your personality.
Take only as many paper napkins as you need when dining out, or better yet, carry your own cloth napkin and don’t use any at all. And bring your own containers for taking home leftovers or doing take out.
Have one meatless meal per week. Or go all out, go Vegetarian. (Or even Flexatarian.)
Get a compost pile going for your organic waste.
Opt out of junk mail. Visit NewDream.org for information on how.
Bring your own mug to your favorite coffee shop. (Some shops might even give you a discount!)