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Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:08 AM

BY STEPHANIE GROVES

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DELPHOS — Each of us are instrumental in the creation of greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change and effect our micro-climate in many ways.

It’s all about choices. What we eat, buy, and use in homes all impact the environment. There are a multitude of small steps people can take to become carbon-footprint friendly:

• Use reusable coffee mugs or a sporty stainless steel water bottle for drinks;

• When in season, visit and purchase fruits, vegetables and flowers from local vendors. The produce will be fresher and purchases will support the local community, local farmers and the environment;

• Buy and/or donate used clothes at the Interfaith Thrift Store;

• Stop using paper napkins and replace them with reusable cloth napkins;

• Use eco-friendly cleaning products;

• Plant a tree with the help of knowledgeable nursery specialist;

• Recycle old printer and fax machine ink and toner cartridges; and

• Pick up reusable bags to carry your groceries the next time you shop.

Director of Conservation Bill Stanley of The Nature Conservancy in Columbus, says the steps listed above will, indeed, reduce a person’s carbon footprint.

“They are a good way to get started because they are easy to do and taking that first step is usually the most difficult,” Stanley said.

Stanley recommends a few relatively inexpensive ideas that have a little more impact.

Homeowners can save money quickly by turning the thermostat down four to five degrees during the winter and up four or five degrees in the summer; using a programmable thermostat which automatically adjusts temperatures; and getting an energy audit performed on their home, which may be free from the power provider.

In addition, add attic insulation, install better door seals, invest in a solar or tankless hot water heater and perform other home-efficiency projects, which will save even more money.

“Walk or ride a bike for short trips, carpool and try to be efficient by running multiple errands at once,” Stanley added.

To learn more about how personal and household behaviors impact the environment, follow the quiz at www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/ and see a personalized ecological footprint. For more information on tree planting visit dnr.state.oh.us/Home/education/howtoplant/tabid/5114/Default.aspx.

Last Updated on Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:19 AM
 

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