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Reuse: Buy Used or Secondhand

Buy used or secondhand, whether a computer or a car, and save money while protecting the environment. Also see Consignment: Clothing and Household for more information. See Freecycle Concord on this site See ebay: http://hub.ebay.com/buy See Craigslist: http://boston.craigslist.org/

Carpool

Not only is carpooling a great way to cut down on the nasty side-effects of gasoline emissions, but it's also a lot more fun to share the grueling Monday commute with a friend. Find Concord carpool options at: http://www.erideshare.com/carpool.php?city=Concord&state=MA&zip=01742

Public transportation: carry a book

When you take public transportation, take a book along and turn waiting time into reading time.

Lighting Systems: Conservation

Turn off lights in rooms that are not being used. If you own a business, familiarize your employees with the lighting and heating systems so they know how to turn things off and on.

Refrigerators: Unplug second ones when not in use

Unplug your extra refrigerator when not in use. For safe storage of unplugged refrigerators, see http://www.cpsc.gov/BUSINFO/rsa.html

Bicycle: Save Energy, Fun Exercise

It's nothing new, but it is still useful! Run errands or visit a friend on a bicycle and save the environment while getting healthy and fun exercise. Business owners: Have a 'company bike' that employees can use to run errands. For information on bicycle routes and bicycling in Massachusetts, see Massbike.org.

Vegetarian Diet

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, livestock farming contributes more to global warming than total worldwide transportation. To reduce your carbon/environmental footprint, consider reducing the meat in your diet, or becoming a vegetarian. For information about the benefits of being a vegetarian, and becoming a vegetarian gradually: http://vegetarian.lifetips.com/cat/62069/benefits-of-a-vegetarian-diet/

Work Less!

Computers and Energy Efficiency

These days, computers are the number one way we get our information, but there are ways to make our electronic friends more energy efficient as well: • Turn off your computer at night or when you are not using it for several hours. • Enable the Power Management feature for your monitor. • Turn off your computer monitor when you are not using your computer for 15 minutes or longer. • If you buy a new computer, consider a laptop. Laptops use only 1/4 the energy of a standard desktop. • If you buy a new monitor, consider a flat screen. Read More »

Solar Energy

Find out about solar energy and how you can use the sun to reduce your fuel bills and impact on the planet. See: http://www.eere.energy.gov/states/alternatives/resources_ma.cfm Also see: http://findsolar.com/index.php

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