Simple Suggestions for Change:

Change an
Old –Style Incandescent Bulb: Buy a more efficient compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) is a simple, cost-effective step every American can take. If every household in America changed three bulbs, it would be the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off the road. Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $60 per year.

Inflate Your Tires: Keep the tires on your car adequately inflated. Save 250 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $840 per year.

Change Your Air Filter: Check your car's air filter often.  Save 800 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $130 per year.

Reduce Garbage: Buy products with less packaging and recycle paper, plastic and glass. Save 2,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.

Composting: helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of trips trucks must make to the landfill as well as the amount of methane released by our landfills.

Use Recycled Paper:
Make sure your printer paper is 100% post consumer recycled paper. Save 5 lbs. of carbon dioxide per ream of paper.

Buy Minimally Packaged Goods:
Less packaging could reduce your garbage by about 10%. Save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide and $1,000 per year.

Unplug Un-used Electronics: Even when electronic devices are turned off, they use energy. Save over 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $150 per year.

Plant a Tree: Trees provide a microclimate and sustained moisture for you. Trees suck up carbon dioxide and make clean air for us to breath. Save 2,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.

 Fill the Dishwasher: Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Save 100 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 per year.

Adjust Your Thermostat:
Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer. Save 2000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $98 per year.

Check Your Water Heater: Keep your water heater thermostat no higher than 120 F. Save 550 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $30 per year.

Change the AC Filter: Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $150 per year.

Take Shorter Showers: Showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $99 per year.

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead: Using less water in the shower means less energy to heat the water. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $150.

Insulate Your Water Heater:
Keeping your water heater insulated could save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 per year.

 Weatherize Your Home: Caulk and weather-strip your doorways and windows. Save 1,700 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $274 per year.

Put on a Sweater: Instead of turning up the heat in your home, wear more clothes Save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $250 per year.

Insulate Your Home: Make sure your walls and ceilings are insulated. Save 2,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $245 per year.

Air Dry Your Clothes: Line-dry your clothes in the spring and summer instead of using the dryer. Save 700 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $75 per year.

Switch to a Tankless Water Heater: Your water will be heated as you use it rather than keeping a tank of hot water. Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $390 per year.

Switch to Double Pane Windows: Double pane windows keep more heat inside your home so you use less energy. Save 10,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $436 per year.

Buy a Hybrid Car:The average driver could save 16,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $3,750 per year driving a hybrid.

Buy a Fuel Efficient Car: Getting a few extra miles per gallon makes a big difference. Save thousands of lbs. of carbon dioxide and a lot of money per year.

Carpool When You Can: Own a big vehicle? Carpooling with friends and co-workers saves fuel. Save 790 lbs. of carbon dioxide and hundreds of dollars per year.

Unplug: Your electric meter is often adding up kilowatt-hours when you don’t think you’re using an appliance. Unplug toasters and cell phone and other chargers when they’re not in use. Don't use air fresheners that have to be plugged in.

Use power strips: Cable boxes and video game boxes, and to a lesser extent TVs and VCRs, use almost as much energy when they're off as when they're on. Make it easy to turn them all the way off—plug them into a power strip and turn off the whole strip.

Source: StopGlobalWarming.org

More Suggestions:
-Save 2000 lbs of carbon dioxide.  Buy products with less packaging and recycle paper, plastic and glass.
-Save over 100 lbs of carbon dioxide and $150 year.  Unplug unused electronics.
-Save 100 lbs of carbon dioxide and $40 per year. Run your dishwasher only with a full load.
-Turn off the lights!
-Turn off the TV, computer and other electronics when not in use.
-Save 5 lbs of carbon dioxide per load of wash and $75 per year. Dry your clothes outside in the spring and summer.
-Save thousands of lbs. of carbon dioxide and lots of money per year. Make your next car a fuel efficient one!
-Save 300 lbs of carbon dioxide year. Have your family of four take 5 minute showers and use a a low flow shower head.
-Turn off your light if you leave the room for more than a minute. It is a myth that turning lights off and on uses more energy!
-Save.5 lbs of carbon dioxide per load.  Choose the cold water wash cycle.
-The red or green lights on your VCR, TV, DVD, computer or stereo each add $70 to your electricity bill and create 190 lbs of greenhouse gasses per year.
-Laptops use lots less energy than desktop computers!
-Recycled paper uses 90% less water and 50% less energy to produce. It also produces 36% less carbon dioxide. Buy recycled!
-Keeping cell phones, laptops, PDA's, MP3's and digital cameras plugged into rechargers means those appliances are drawing energy all the time.  Unplug when not in use!
-Log off and shut down! The average computer that never gets turned off produces more than 2000 lbs of carbon dioxide per year compared to 500 for computers that are turned off when not in use.
-132 gallons of water are required to produce a lb of potatoes.  Beef takes 26,400 gallons.. Agriculture is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions after the energy sector. Ear more grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.
-The average family car generates 11,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per year costing more than $2500.
Walk, bike, carpool, and save 1.3 lbs of greenhouse gases for every gallon of gas you don't use!
-Use public transit!  Over a year, a ten mile daily commute using public transit will save 4000 lbs of carbons dioxide.
-When driving, avoid high speeds. A car going 75 uses 15 % more fuel than one going 65.
-Avoid short trips. A car produces 40% more emissions when it is cold.
-If you are stopping for more than 30 seconds, turn off your car!  Idling consumes more fuel and produces more carbon dioxide than restarting your car. It also costs you money.
-Save 1,200 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year by removing one 20 minute car trip each week.

VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TIPS ON GLOBAL WARMING!

http://www.stop-global-warming.com
http://fightglobalwarming.com
http://nrdc.org
http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/
http://globalwarmingsolutions.org/
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/hot/globalwarming.html    Effects of global warming in Minnesota
http://www.wnrmag.com/supps/2000/apr00/global.htm     Effects of global warming in Wisconsin
http://www.solveglobalwarmingwisconsin.org/
http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/    Effect of global warming on the Great Lakes area