Things You Can Do to Help Protect Animals and the Environment From Inside Your Home:
Some suggestions are more obvious than others, of course! We hope you will skim through the list.
 
Conserve water whenever possible

A. Turn off the water while you're brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or doing
dishes.

B. Fix all the leaks in your home. A leaky toilet or faucet can waste hundreds of
gallons of water per day.

C. If safe for you, drink tap water instead of bottled water (then you aren't wasting all
that packaging as well!). You can also add a filter to your home faucet. If you do buy
bottled water, buy from a local source (read the labels) and buy water that comes in
recyclable glass or plastic.

D. It takes a lot of energy to heat water. Wash your clothes in cold water when you
can.

E. Make the most of your hot water by insulating your tank and keeping the
temperature at or below 120 degrees.

F. Use a low-flow shower head and take shorter showers.

G. Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank. Did you know each time your toilet is flushed,
it uses five to seven gallons of water? In five minutes, you can save one or two
gallons per flush! A small plastic juice bottle or laundry soap bottle works well. Soak
off the label, fill the bottle with water, put on the cap, and place it in the tank. Be
careful that the bottle doesn't interfere with the flushing mechanism.

H. Do only full loads of laundry and dishes.
*Fast Fact: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if every American household
reduced their water use by 10 gallons on just Thanksgiving Day, it would save more than 1 billion
gallons of water, as well as save any energy or materials used to pump or treat tap water.
 
If you have any old mercury thermometers, replace them with new digital thermometers
    Make sure you properly dispose of the old mercury thermometer.  Contact your state or local health or
    environment department if mercury is spilled - never vacuum a spill. Mercury is dangerous for us and the
    environment!
 
Be careful with the use and disposal of household chemicals
 
Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse
A. Buy products with minimal packaging (economy sizes, etc).
Avoid single-serving packaging.

B. Did you know you can donate or recycle your computer, cell phone,
eyeglasses, yard trimmings, and much, much more? By recycling and
composting, we keep millions of tons of material out of landfills and
incinerators each year.

C. Recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass and aluminum cans.
Start a recycling program in your town if one is not in place!

D. Here's the reality. Every day, about 270,000 trees are flushed down the drain or
end up as garbage all over the world. In fact, every time you use a toilet roll or other
tissue products you might be directly contributing to this environmental destruction.
Tissue products, such as toilet paper, handkerchiefs, kitchen towels and napkins
cannot be recycled after their use, for understandable reasons! So it is important to
ensure that the tissue products you buy contain a high level of recycled content, and
use as few of these products as is possible.

E. Several companies make paper towels from 100-percent recycled paper, with a
minimum of 90-percent post-consumer materials. You can find these products at
many grocery stores, particularly those that specialize in natural foods. Better yet,
make do without paper towels. Use dish towels instead.

F. Avoid tin foil and plastic wraps and instead store your food, leftovers, etc, in
reusable containers.

G. Choose reusable products instead of disposable ones. Avoid using "throw-away"
products like paper plates and napkins, and plastic knives, forks, and cups. Use a
coffee mug instead of disposable cups.

H. Send e-greetings instead of paper cards (many sites offer them for free). Use
recycled, unbleached paper. Try to print less often and use both sides of the paper.

I. Always refill or recycle printer ink cartridges.

J. Instead of buying new clothing, furniture, cars, whatever, look to buy used instead.
You can get them for cheaper and still get quality - all the while reducing the need to
produce more stuff. As much as possible, get the recycled version of products you
buy. Fix or mend your stuff. Try not to throw things away if they can be fixed. Torn
clothing? Takes a few minutes to sew it up.
 
*Fast Fact: According to
the U.S. Department of
Environmental Protection,
In 1999 alone, recycling
and composting activities
prevented about 64
million tons of material
from ending up in landfills
and incinerators.
 
 
 
 
Save energy whenever possible & use energy-saving light bulbs & appliances
A. Switch your bulbs out for energy-saving bulbs. Substituting an energy-saving light for a
traditional bulb will keep a half-ton of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere over the life of
the bulb, and they last about ten times longer than a traditional bulb, saving you money in
the long run on both energy and replacement costs..
WARNING! Some energy saving light bulbs contain mercury and SHOULD NOT be thrown
into the trash. You can do more damage than good by throwing them away! Most towns offer
an avenue to properly dispose of them, check with your specific town for more information on
disposal.

B. When able, hang your clothes out to dry.

C. Buy energy-saving appliances. Even if they are more expensive, the lower energy bills will
pay you back in the long run.

D. Use less heating and air-conditioning. Turn down the heat or air conditioning when you
leave the house or go to bed.
    1. Heating:
    If you use heating, get by with less heat and wear warmer clothes.
    Turn down the heat while you’re sleeping at night or away during the day, and keep temperatures
    moderate at all times. Setting your thermostat just 2 degrees lower in winter and higher in summer could
    save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.
    Adding insulation to your walls and attic, and installing weather stripping or caulking around doors and
    windows can lower your heating costs more than 25 percent, by reducing the amount of energy you need
    to heat and cool your home. Insulating your water heater—many hardware stores sell insulation kits for
    about $20—will also lower your energy use and your bill.

    2. Air-Conditioning:
    If you use air-conditioning, get by with less cooling and wear cooler clothes.  Plant shade trees near your
    house. It’ll take awhile before they can make a difference, but shade trees greatly reduce the need to cool
    a home.
    E. Turn off equipment like televisions and stereos when you're not using them. That little red
    standby light means they're still using power, if you do not use the item frequently it is even better
    to unplug the equipment when not in use. Unplug your cell phone charger when not in use.

    F. Turn off the lights when you are not in the room!

    G. If you are able, buy renewable energy, such as solar, and encourage your town to invest in
    renewable energy sources. A growing number of utilities generate electricity from renewable
    energy sources with solar panels, windmills and other technologies. If your utility offers renewable
    energy, buy it. If not, send them a message asking for clean energy.
 
Buy rechargeable batteries and recycle them properly
Rechargeable batteries may cost more but will save you money in the long run.
HOWEVER, when these batteries no longer hold a charge and are thrown away, they
can cause serious harm to human health and the environment. Recycle your
rechargeable batteries!

Also recycle all of your batteries for cordless power tools, cellular and cordless
phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys. You
can take these items to many large retailers, who will then properly dispose of them.
 
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