Which new energysaving actions would you like to try this month?
Have a meatfree day once a week: According to CliamtePath, "One person converting to a vegetarian diet would decrease their carbon footprint by about 1.5 tons per year, but don't worry , it's not an all or nothing proposition. Reducing meat consumption by just 20 percent (a day and a half per week without meat) would be the equivalent of switching from a pretty good sized standard sedan to a hybrid. It's also good for your health!"Have a vegetarian day once a week instead of eating meatFind Out More: Check out the Environmental Working Group's guide to climate and health for meat eaters: About the Numbers: How much energy could you save going meat free once day a week?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 798 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by going meat free once a week, let’s assume you reduce your carbon footprint by about 1.5 tons per year if you become a vegetarian.


AirDry Hands: You can dry your hands without using any energy if you give them a quick wipe on your pants or skirt. But if that technique doesn’t work for you, push the button on the electric dryer instead of reaching for a paper towel. Electric dryers are a lot more energy efficient than paper towels—even towels made from recycled paper. The average paper towel dispenser produces about 4.6 tons of CO_{2} emissions over five years.Airdry hands instead of using paper towelsFind Out More: About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by not using paper towels to dry your hands?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 226 tons of CO_{2} , which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by not using a paper towel to dry your hands, let’s assume a paper towel takes 9.716 watts to produce. Let’s also assume that you airdry your hands twice each day instead of using paper towels. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you to estimate how many times you avoided using a paper towel so we can give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Reusable Bags: Over one million plastic bags are consumed worldwide every single minute, and each one of those bags can take up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill. Reusable cloth bags make a great substitute, and they carry heavy loads a lot better than disposable bags. Bring your own cloth bag instead of using plastic or paperFind Out More: Benefits of using a reusable bag About the Numbers:
How much energy could you save by using cloth bags instead of plastic or paper?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 1,360 metric tons of CO_{2} , which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by using a reusable bag, let’s assume you use about 27 bags per month. The energy savings for paper and plastic bags is quite different, so we’ll calculate the energy savings for each. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you if you usually use plastic or paper bags, or a combination of both kinds of bags, to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.) Calculating Energy in Plastic Bags
Calculating Energy in Paper Bags


Compost this month: Instead of throwing organic garbage away to decay in a landfill, composting can turn it into nutrientrich plant food. Allied Waste estimates that 20% of the garbage we throw away is food that could be composted. Composting in Corvallis is easy. You can put your leftover food scraps in your yard debris cart if you have one or order a home composter from Allied Waste. Start a compost pile or binFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by starting to compost?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 8,400 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by composting, let’s assume that you are like the average American who creates 4.43 pounds of garbage per day and that you start composting about one quarter of your garbage, or about one pound per day. We’ll also assume that each pound of trash produces the equivalent of 0.94 pounds of CO_{2}in the form of methane.


Switch to Online Bills: An easy way to save time, trees, and energy is to pay your bills online. According to PG&E, their customers saved 7,300 trees and avoided producing 340 tons of waste paper by paying online in 2009. Most banks let you use their online bill paying service for free, so check out your bank's website for more information. Switch to online bills with three companies this monthFind Out More: Here are some benefits on switching to online bills. About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by switching to online bills?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 300 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by switching to online bills, let’s assume you switch to three online bills this month. Let’s also assume that the average bill is three sheets of paper and takes 204,000 joules to produce a single sheet of paper. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask how many bills you switched so we can give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Unplug Electronics: The average home has forty electronic devices constantly draining power, amounting to about 10% of all residential electricity use. Instead of turning off electronic devices, unplug them when you aren’t using them to save energy. Unplug electronics when you aren't using themFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by unplugging electronics?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 45,000 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by unplugging electronics, let’s assume that your house is about average and uses 11,500 kWh annually for all electricity. Let’s also assume that you could save 10% of that electricity by unplugging electronics when you aren’t using them.


Use Reusable Mug: Using a reusable mug instead of a singleuse paper coffee cup can save up to 98% of the energy, 99% of the water pollution, and 86% of the solid waste disposable cups make. Many Corvallis coffee shops offer a 10 to 25 cent discount when you bring in your own mug. Check out the list under 'Find out More' to see what discounts are offered where. Use a reusable mug instead of a disposable cupFind Out More: Discounts for Reusable Mugs In Corvallis
On Campus Discounts for Reusable Mugs
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by using a reusable coffee mug?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 360 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by using a reusable coffee mug, let’s assume you use a reusable mug twice per week, for a total of 8 times in a month. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you to estimate how many times you used a reusable mug to better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Use Reusable Water Bottle: Use a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated on the go instead of buying bottle after bottle of expensive water. Drinking tap water from a reusable water bottle uses 85% less energy and produces 79% less greenhouse gases, even after taking into account dishwashing. Use a reusable water bottle instead of a disposable bottleFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by using a refillable water bottle?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 3,600 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by using a refillable water bottle, let’s assume you refill your own bottle twice per week instead of purchasing bottled water, for a total of 8 times in a month. It takes about 5.6 mega joules to produce a oneliter plastic water bottle. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you to estimate how many times your used a refillable bottle to better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Have a WasteFree Month: If we put all of the solid waste collected in the U.S. in a line of average garbage trucks, that line of trucks could cross the country, extending from New York City to Los Angeles, more than 100 times. Having a wastefree month is a major challenge! It will take a lot of careful shopping and creative reuse to get to zero garbage. On average Americans create 4.43 pounds of garbage per person per day, and we recycle or compost 1.51 pounds of that waste. Have a WasteFree MonthFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by having a wastefree month?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 24,900 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.
To estimate how much energy you could save by having a waste free month, let’s assume you are like the average American who creates 4.43 pounds of garbage per day and recycles or composts 1.51 pounds of that waste. We’ll also assume that each pound of trash produces the equivalent of 0.94 pounds of CO_{2}in the form of methane.


Reduce the amount of garbage you throw away by half: If we put all of the solid waste collected in the U.S. in a line of average garbage trucks, that line of trucks could cross the country, extending from New York City to Los Angeles, more than 100 times. Reduce the amount of garbage you throw away by halfFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by reducing the amount of garbage you throw away by half?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 12,300 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by reducing the amount of garbage you throw away by half, we’ll assume the average American creates 4.43 pounds of garbage per person per day and recycles or composts 1.51 pounds of that waste, which works out to be a total of 2.92 lbs of garbage per person per day (4.43 lbs – 1.51 lbs = 2.92 lbs). We’ll also assume that each pound of trash produces the equivalent of 0.94 pounds of CO_{2 }in the form of methane.


Turn Off Lights: Lighting is about 14% of the average electricity bill. Cut down on waste by turning off the lights whenever you’re not using a room.
Find Out More: More information coming soon. About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by turning off the lights?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 900 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by turning off lights, let’s assume that you use 15watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and turn them off each day for four hours when you would normally leave them on. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you what kind of light bulbs you use and how many you tuned off to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


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