In order to have an impact on climate change, we need to think globally and act locally. In your community
there are many things that can be done to adapt to climate change in different ways.
Reduce your energy usage by installing energy efficient appliances (Check out our Energy Efficiency Brochure guide below), or taking steps in your everyday life to rely less on energy (games nights vs TV time, line dry clothes vs dryer, etc).
Renewable Energy Structures:
Invest in renewable energy. Install solar, wind, or geothermal in both old or new houses and business buildings. There are several local West Michigan businesses that provide free consultations and assessments for homes. Find out more on renewable energy structures such as small wind systems here.
Have meatless meals at least once a week. Livestock requires more water and energy than fruits or vegetables do.
Support local farmers and grocers! The less distance food travels to us, the less fossil fuel emissions are consumed. Start a garden with food for our pollinators and your family. Plant native fruit and nut trees to provide free food for you and generations to come.
Properly inflate your tires and routinely change your oil to allow your car to run at its maximum efficiency. This will help you fill up your tank less often too!
Talk to your coworkers about ways to reduce and eliminate waste on the way to your workplace by organizing a carpool. Biking completely eliminates your daily CO2 emissions from other means of transportation; it will also help you stay fit!
Turn off computers, printers, and other electronics at the end of the work day to reduce energy consumption.
Install a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the office to an appropriate temperature.
Upgrade to motion-activated lighting to ensure that lights are never accidentally left on.
Print double sided and email documents whenever possible, or even better - Go paperless!