Live Greener

It's easy to live "greener." Options range from the simple - changing your brand of laundry detergent - to the more involved - integrating wind or solar power into your energy usage.

An inventory of personal actions from StopGlobalWarming.org that you can take to reduce your impact on the environment is offered below. Coupled with these tips is the amount of carbon dioxide you WON’T emit and the money you‘ll save – not to mention the wildlife –when you act.

Download the Philadelphia Zoo’s, “Greening Your Life” wallet card to help you live greener.

Everyday Cheap and Easy

  • Replace 3 frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.

  - Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $60 per year.

  • Run your dishwasher only with a full load.

- Save 200 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 per year. Use energy-saving settings to dry dishes and don't use heat when drying.

  • Move your heater themostat down two degrees in the winter and up two degrees in the summer.

- Save 2,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $98 per year.

  • Keep your water heater thermostat no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

- Save 500 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $30 per year.

  • Install a low-flow shower head to use less hot water.

- Save 300 lbs. of cardon dioxide and $150 per year.

 

At Home

  • Plant a tree native to your region.

- Save 5,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.

  • Replace old inefficient appliances.

- New refrigerator = 500 lbs/$60 saved. New washing machine = 440 lbs/$45 saved.

  • Don’t use hot water when you wash clothes.

- Save 500 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.

  • Turn off and un-plug un-used electronic devices and chargers.

- Save over 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $256 per year.

  • Air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer.

- Save 700 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $75 per year.

 

Smart Choices

  • Install a rain barrel.

  • Compost your food waste and garden clippings.