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15 Ways to Protect the Environment

Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

15 ways to protect the environment.

  1. Painting your house? Use a latex paint. Oil-based paints release hydrocarbon fumes.
  2. Get a tune-up. Properly maintained vehicles get better gas mileage and emit fewer pollutants.
  3. Don’t top off your gas tank. Overfilling causes spills that release hydrocarbons and other toxic chemicals into the air.
  4. Conserve energy. You’ll lower your utility bills and help avoid peak demands on utility plants.
  5. Use a bucket when you wash the car, instead of the hose. Letting the water run while you work costs money and wastes water. Only use the hose to rinse.
  6. Sweep your driveway and sidewalk instead of cleaning them up by spraying with the hose.
  7. Don’t do the dishes until you have a full load. Your dishwasher uses 12 gallons of water whether it’s full or half-empty.
  8. Wash a full load of laundry. Your washing machine uses 40 gallons of water. Run it full, or adjust the water level to the size of your load.
  9. Don’t let the water run while you shave or brush your teeth. Turn it on only when you need it. Every minute the faucet runs, five gallons of water go down the drain.
  10. Take a shorter shower. And switch to a low-flow shower head.
  11. Paper or plastic? Better yet, take a canvas bag to the grocery and re-use it each time you shop.
  12. Use both sides of the paper. Set your copier to make double-sided copies and you’ll substantially reduce your paper use.
  13. Use rechargeable batteries. Many batteries contain metals that are better kept out of landfills.
  14. Don’t put hazardous materials in the trash. Save paints, pesticides, lawn chemicals, car batteries, waste oil and similar materials for your local household hazardous waste collection day.
  15. Don’t buy more than you need. When it comes to lawn chemicals, pesticides, paints and other hazardous materials, buy a smaller package so you won’t have leftovers to dispose of.