Take weekly pledges to live sustainably by reducing negative impacts on the environment, boosting positive ones and helping your household go green
When families take charge together, the future gets brighter. Begin making an impact by joining the WE Take Charge campaign. Whether you’re riding bikes to school or turning off lights, every action today makes for a healthier planet tomorrow. Each choice we make gives us a chance to decrease negative impacts on the planet and take positive impacts to the next level. That’s huge. Sign up with your family and pledge to shake up your daily routine with new ways to go green and live sustainably.
Every choice you make today adds up when you join the WE Take Charge campaign.
Here are some ways to get started:
Set your thermostat up two degrees in summer, down two in winter.
30% of a home's energy use comes from the lighting.
Turning off the lights when you leave the room can dramatically reduce the amount of energy in your home.
Unplug electronics when you are not using them.
Even when they are off, they are still drawing energy.
Recycle more than cans and bottles to include batteries, electronics, junk mail and clothing.
Recycling and reusing items helps to keep them out of the landfill. Even better, determine what you can buy in bulk or without packages so that you can reduce your waste.
Plant a tree to create shade, absorb carbon dioxide and add beauty to your yard.
Choose a variety that is native to your area—this means it will have a better chance of adapting to the growing conditions in your neighborhood and surviving.
Start a backyard composter to turn organic waste into growing gold.
Use a tote bag when you shop.
Teach children to turn off the water while brushing their teeth.
It pays off for the environment and your pocketbook. Leaving the tap running during the recommended two minutes of brushing can waste up to five gallons of water a day.
Take shorter showers.
Fill up reusable water bottles
Store them in the fridge instead of letting the tap run to get a cold glass of water.
Paint your home with climate friendly colors.
The color of your home can have a large effect on the cost to heat and cool your home. Light colors reflect the sun’s rays, while dark colors absorb them. For cold climates, paint with dark colors, and hot climates, use light colors.
You can dig deeper into environmental issues with these resources.