Shrinking Footprints

Actions we all take every day can help reduce our carbon footprint. Here are four simple ways you can help:

Turn things off when they are not being used. Of course that means lights, but it also means video games, computers, televisions, and radios.
Drink your own tap water instead of purchasing water from other places. Bottled water has to be transported, which usually burns gasoline. It also requires plastic containers, which are piling up in our landfills. If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, use a filtering pitcher or add some flavored, powered drink mix.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use at least two-thirds less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs and provide the same amount of light. They also last up to 10 times longer. Look for places where a trade can be made, and suggest it to whomever buys the light bulbs at your house.
Recycle paper, plastic, aluminum cans, glass -- whatever your community makes available.