Green Tips

Don't Do Laundry During a Storm — The excess water could overwhelm the sewer system.

Don't Let the Tap Run — You can save up to 5 gallons of water each day by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth.

Buy Local Fruits and Vegetables — support your local farmers.

Put on a Sweater — Move your thermostat down just 2 degrees in winter to save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

Go Fluorescent — Compact fluorescent light bulbs use a quarter of the electricity and last much longer.

Plant a Rain Garden — Perennial native species absorb excess runoff and reduce pollution.

Install a Rain Barrel — Rainwater is better for your lawn and garden than treated municipal water.

Take a Shorter Shower — Every minute in the shower equals 3 to 7 gallons of water used.

Compost Organic Waste — Yard waste and kitchen scraps create nutrient-rich humus.

Walk. Bike. Scoot. Skate. — Leave the car at home.

Want more? Learn five easy environmental-minded improvements for your home, and find ways to "green" your lawn and landscaping.