Air Emissions and Animal Agriculture

Doing your part


It’s great to know what farmers are doing to reduce their impact on the environment, but what can you do to help? In the picture above and the descriptions below, you can see some great examples of little things that make a big difference.

Energy efficient appliances

Appliances noted with the "Energy Star" label require less energy to operate and burn less fossil fuel. If you can’t find "Energy Star"-marked products, you can still make sure to use your own appliances efficiently. Avoid opening and closing the refrigerator many times, completely fill the dishwater before turning it on or hang your laundry on a clothesline to dry rather than using the dryer.

Unplug and flip the switch!

Unplugging electronics from the wall when not in use and turning off lights when you leave a room helps save energy in a quick and easy way, not to mention keeps money in your pocket. Remember: even electronics that are turned off, yet still plugged in, use energy to maintain their standby status.

Replace those bulbs

If you haven’t already, you should consider replacing traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs use about one-seventh the energy of regular light bulbs and last about 12 times longer. While they do cost slightly more, by using less energy you reduce the number of light bulbs you use and ultimately make up for the purchase cost. For those people that want to step up their energy savings even further, ultra-compact LEDs (light emitting diodes) require even less power and last longer still.

Put your computer in standby mode

By putting your computer in standby mode, you can restart it more quickly and will use less energy than completely shutting down.

Get your wheels spinning!

Riding a bike helps save money on fuel. It also provides another opportunity for exercise, which is essential for a long, healthy life. If you have a long drive to work, consider loading your bike up and ride in from the parking lot. Additionally, most public buses have racks on the front to attach your bike so you can ride in from the bus stop.

Buddy up

Carpooling is a great way to save on fuel and also helps reduce traffic - especially beneficial during rush hour! There are several websites available to help you find a carpool, or you may want to talk to colleagues or friends that are traveling to the same area or business. In some states, you can also use carpool lanes to bypass traffic and get to your destination quickly.

Recycle and use recycled products

Producing paper, glass and metal products from recycled material saves about 80% of the energy and pollution that results from products made from virgin materials. Additionally, using reusable or recycled bags, boxes or notebooks helps avoid adding more waste to landfills.

Look for carbon footprint logos

Many companies use logos that communicate their carbon footprint. If you’re interested in reducing energy use at all steps of production, look for labels indicating a low carbon footprint number.

Use reusable bags at the store

Resuable bags, often used for grocery shopping, mean less plastic is being produced and disposed of in landfills. These reusable bags are available in many stores for a low cost and are often used as giveaways at events. If you do use plastic bags, however, make sure to reuse it in as many ways possible.

Use non-disposable dishware

Have an event coming up? Try to use permanent cups, dishes and silverware to reduce trash. You will use water to wash them, but in the end, the balance is positive for the environment.

Last Updated 09/14/2011