A big part of environmental goal setting is making informed choices on how you live your life. Focus on reducing your consumption of resources including fuel for your vehicles, electricity, water and materials. Increase your recycling efforts.
Start by measuring your consumption and then setting a goal for reducing your impact.
Know what you use
- Fuel use: Review your fuel receipts. How much fuel do you use? How much can this be reduced by grouping your errands to reduce travel, carpooling for the kids' school activities, or by walking or taking public transportation when possible? Did you know that correct tire-pressure and a well-maintained vehicle can use less gas and oil? A simple tune-up and tire check may keep your vehicle running more efficiently.
- Garbage: Keep track of how many bags of garbage you put out each day. How much can this be reduced by increasing your recycling efforts?
- Water use: Take a look at your water bill to see how many gallons of water you are using. How much can you reduce this by using rain barrels for collecting water for your garden, by using low-flow shower heads, or by adding other water saving methods? The Environmental Protection Agency website (+) provides great water efficiency information.
- Energy use: Learn how you use energy in your home, and explore opportunities for reducing your use. The PECO Smart Home E-Audit can give you a detailed report of your energy use, including month-to-month comparisons, plus tips for no-cost and low-cost home improvements.
PECO Smart Home E-Audit
Set your goal
Write down your energy reduction goals, and make a plan to review them with each season. Know that small changes in your habits and low-cost changes around your home can have big impacts on the environment. You can make a difference. Set a goal today!