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Winter Sustainability

Don’t let winter’s cold weather freeze your conservation-friendly habits; use the following tips to stay sustainable.

  • Decrease the chance of vehicle damage by making it winter-ready—check your tires and filter and fluid levels.
  • Reuse or recycle paper and plastic shopping bags from the holiday season.
  • If you’re shopping for new appliances, purchase ones with the Energy Star label.
  • Fix any air duct leaks to make sure the warm air flows smoothly throughout the home.
  • Carbon monoxide is deadly—if using a generator, then place it far away from doors, windows, and vents.
  • Compost leftover ashes from your wood-burning fireplace rather than throwing them in the trash.
  • Avoid using disposable batteries, which can become hazardous waste, and use rechargeable ones instead.

Adapted and excerpted from:
Winter Tips,” United States EPA (05/2014).