Be Part of the Solution
What You can do Individually
Buy clean energy through programs:
Clean Energy Choice www.cleannergychoice.org and
Choose energy efficient appliances.
Look for Energy Star models. If each household in the US replaced existing appliances with efficient models, we'd eliminate 175 million tons of CO2 per year and cut utility bills by a third!
Turn off electronic devices.
These 'vampires' can suck up to 7 watts per hour of our household electricity. Plug into a power strip which can be turned off when not in use.
Install compact fluorescent light bulbs.
A CFL bulb uses 60% less energy than a regular light bulb. Tell your kids to turn out the lights!
Use a clothes line.
Let your clothes solar/wind dry.
Walk, bike, carpool, use public transportation.
Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of CO2 and other pollutants out of the atmosphere! www.driveneutral.org
Tune up your vehicle, keep the tires inflated.
You’ll get better gas mileage.
Consider buying a hybrid or more fuel efficient vehicle.
A hybrid sedan uses HALF as much gas per year as the owner of a small sedan which gets 25 mpg.
Buy locally grown food and locally made products.
Save the energy spent on transportation. The average meal in the US travels 1,200 miles by plane, truck, and ship.
Compost food scraps.
Add to the soil. Subtract from the waste stream.
Buy recycled products.
Producing paper from recycled materials saves 70% to 90% of energy and pollution that would result if the product came from virgin materials. US paper production uses approximately 1 billion trees per year, 12,4300 sq. miles of forests cut annually – roughly 735 pounds of paper per year per every American.
Install a programmable thermostat.
Adjust your thermostat down two degrees in the winter and up two degrees in the summer and save 2,000 pounds of CO2 per year.
Use less hot water.
By washing your clothes in cold water you’ll pay less on your energy bills and will save 500 pounds of CO2 per year. Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees.
Consider renewable energy for your home.
Homeowners can make their own energy by investing a geothermal system, solar or wind power and can take advantage of sustainable energy generated by the earth, sun and wind.
What You can do as a Public Citizen
Ask Dominion, owner of the Salem Harbor Generating Station, to be a good neighbor and comply with the intent and letter of regulations on all four major pollutants from its Salem Harbor and Brayton Point Power Stations. (978) 740-8200
Create or support a Renewable Energy Committee in your town.
Join an advocacy group that can multiply your voice. Sign up for climate action alerts.
Support renewable energy projects in your town. Call decision makers, voice your opinion.
Support 'clean energy' candidates and policies.
Support the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) for Massachusetts. www.rggi.org
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper on the importance of clean energy.
Invest in 'socially responsible' companies or mutual funds; vote on the shareholder proxy. www.socialinvest.org
Hold businesses responsible for their CO2 footprint.
Learn about green building and their energy efficiency features; work with your town to incorporate sustainable 'green' features into new buildings and renovations.
Join HealthLink and become part of the solution!
- Receive updates on local environmental issues
- Get invitations to special events
- Become a strong voice for a healthy planet and healthy people!
Learn what neighboring towns in Essex County are doing to reduce energy costs and support clean, renewable energy.
Visit HealthLink’s E-Bulletin Board on our website to learn more.
Saving energy also mean less pollution including
- poisonous particulates,