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Top Ten Actions to Protect the Environment

Smart Shopping
Buy what you need, not what you want.
Consider renting and borrowing things that are seldom needed.
Buy used items from garage sales and second-hand stores.

Simple Savers
Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
Use aerators on faucets and shower heads.
Weatherstrip windows and doors.

Transportation Alternatives
Walk, cycle, car pool and use public transportation.
When driving, reduce idling and maintain correct tire pressure.
Consider car sharing programs or renting.

Food Choices
Choose local and organic foods that are in season, and support local food producers.
Eat less meat.

Washing and Drying
Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to air dry.

Heating and cooling
For summer air conditioning, set your thermostat to 24°C or 25°C.
For winter heating, set your thermostat to 19°C or 20°C.
Install ceiling fans and programmable thermostats.

Close to Home
Vacation, travel and work as close to home as possible.

Bathroom Basics
Take short showers instead of baths.
Close water taps while brushing your teeth.

Careful Cleaning
Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products.
Make simple, natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water.

Don't Discard
Donate, reuse and recycle items before throwing them into the trash.
Harmful materials like chemicals, batteries, electronics, etc. should be taken to local hazardous waste depots.

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