12 Monthly Steps

Actions to Reduce Your Carbon Donations to the Atmosphere

If the First Choice Action for a month is not feasible for you and/or your family, consider the Alternate Action.

Monthly Actions list submitted in May 2012, shown through April 2013.

2013

January

First Choice Actions

Replace incandescent bulbs with CF or LED lamps.

Alternative Actions

Time your showers and reduce by 5 minutes per shower by end of month.

February

First Choice Actions

Estimate the “phantom load” on your electricity and reduce it by 50%; track for 3 months.

Alternative Actions

Invest in a solar or wind energy company

March

First Choice Actions

Install low flow shower heads; or ask your landlord to do so.

Alternative Actions

Donate to the UULM water justice program or the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (of which UULM is a member)

April

First Choice Actions

Take the drive less challenge for 2013

Alternative Actions

Buy a hybrid or electric car, or try out a Zipcar or City CarShare.

2012

May

First Choice Actions

Line dry your clothes instead of using an electric or gas dryer.

Alternative Actions

Line dry your clothes instead of using an electric or gas dryer.

June

First Choice Actions

Set thermostat to reduce air conditioning costs by 10% compared with last year; continue and track through September.

Alternative Actions

Walk or bike to UUCPA.

July

First Choice Actions

Wash clothes only in cold water.

Alternative Actions

Wash your hands in cold water so that you do not draw hot water out of water heater.

August

First Choice Actions

Examine feasibility of installing PVC system on house you own; estimate $ savings

Alternative Actions

Ask your landlord to have an energy audit performed on your residence and implement at least 2 recommendations.

September

First Choice Actions

Determine feasibility of replacing front or back lawn with CA native plants to save water and energy.

Alternative Actions

Check and correct air pressure in auto tires; continue monthly.

October

First Choice Actions

Set thermostat to reduce heating bill by 10% compared with prior year; track through winter months.

Alternative Actions

se “no heat” drying cycle in dishwasher.

November

First Choice Actions

Line dry your clothes instead of using an electric or gas dryer.

Alternative Actions

Plant a native tree or volunteer in CA state park http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=886

December

First Choice Actions

Install at least 2 new double-glazed windows in your home.

Alternative Actions

Light your holiday tree with LED lights instead of incandescents

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