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Seven Steps to Improve Your Environment and Quality of Life

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
       - Margaret Mead

  • Conserve energy by using energy efficient lighting, computers, and heating systems. Conserve water by fixing leaking faucets and using water-efficient appliances.
  • Expand your mind instead of your electric bill. Read a book instead of watching television. It uses less power and gives you more.
  • Take advantage of natural daylight. Turn off lights when you leave the room and use timers on lights needed for security.
  • Run fans and enjoy the breeze through open windows during the summer. Fans use far less energy than air conditioning but turn fans off when you leave the room. Turn down the heater and wear your favorite sweater during the winter.
  • Walk instead of using mass transit. Take a hike instead of a drive. It’s good for your body and the environment.
  • Eat more salads and cook a little less often. Buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. They taste better and use less energy to reach your town.
  • Run dishwasher with a full load, spend less time in the shower and flush the toilet less often to save water. Switch washing machine’s temperature from "hot" to "warm" when practical to save energy.

To waste and destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them.
       - Theodore Roosevelt

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