1/25/2013 How to Help It does not take much for an individual to start helping the environment. One ofthe easiest and cheapest changes that can be made is for one to turn off lights when not inuse. Turning the heat down a few degrees and the air conditioning up a few degreessaves money and energy. Unplugging appliances – computers, phone chargers, coffeemakers, and clocks – can help reduce harmful CO² emissions. Carpooling is a greatalternative for getting somewhere when more than one person is going to the same placeand lives close by or on the way. Participation in a local recycling center is a great way to help reduce landfillgarbage and reduce the cost of garbage disposal. In addition, if one reduces and reusesitems, they can save a lot of money while helping the environment. For example, insteadof buying sandwich bags, buy a sandwich container to reuse instead. The cost willeventually be recaptured after a short period. The same goes with individual juicecontainers and individually wrapped cheese. Instead of just throwing food away,composting leftovers and unbleached coffee filters, for instance, can offer free “fertilizer”for gardens and flowers. For those who are willing to spend a little extra money to help the environment,they can choose to buy energy efficient light bulbs or by blocks of “green energy” fromtheir energy suppliers, if available in their area. Solar panels and wind turbines, thoughexpensive, offer sustainable energy and over time, should pay for themselves. Extrainsulation in an attic will help keep heat from escaping, thus saving money and energy.Finally, electric and hybrid vehicles are available for purchase, at a price. All of thesetips performed even by a few individuals can help make a difference in the environment.