Green Tips

Move

A 10 MPG improvement in vehicle efficiency can save about 4,400 lbs of CO2e and $500 per year.

Telecommuting to work once a week save about 2,200 lbs of CO2e and over $500 per year.

Carpooling to work every day can save over 2,200 lbs of CO2e and $2,000 per year.

Reducing your highway speed from 70 to 65 MPH and avoiding rapid acceleration can save over 2,200 lbs of CO2e and $300 per year.

Keeping your tires properly inflated and changing air filters can save 2,000 lbs CO2e and $200 per year.

Riding your bike instead of driving is a great way to keep fit and can save over 3,300 lbs of CO2e and $400 per year.

Want to personalize calculations for potential climate and cash savings for your lifestyle? Check out UC Berkeley's CoolClimate Household Calculator!

Live

Replacing standard light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs can save you 2,200 lbs of CO2e and over $100 per year.

Switching off the lights when you leave the room can save 2,200 lbs of CO2e and over $100 per year.

Turning down your winter thermostat 5° can save over 700 lbs of CO2e and over $75 per year.

Turning up your summer thermostat 5° can save over 700 lbs of CO2e and over $50 per year.

Reducing your daily shower time by 10 minutes can save over 6,600 lbs of CO2e and nearly $500 per year.

Washing and rinsing your clothes with cold water can save over 560 lbs of CO2e and $65 per year.

Hanging up your clothes to dry instead of using a dryer can save over 200 lbs of CO2e and $100 per year.

Purchasing an Energy Star refrigerator can save over 170 lbs of CO2e and $20 per year.

Exercising or exploring outdoors instead of watching TV for 5 hours a week can save over 170 lbs of CO2e and $20 per year in energy costs, as well as reduce your medical bills.

Using power strips for your DVR, satellite/cable box and other "vampire" electronics (and switching these power strips off when these devices are not in use) can save over 2,200 lbs of CO2e and $100 per year.

Want to personalize calculations for potential climate and cash savings for your lifestyle? Check out UC Berkeley's CoolClimate Household Calculator!

Eat

Becoming a vegetarian can reduce CO2e emissions by over 4,400 lbs and save about $500 per year, as well as reduce your likelihood of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and many cancers.

Becoming a vegan can reduce CO2e emissions by over 6,600 lbs and save over $600 per year, as well as reduce your likelihood of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and many cancers.

Eating red meat just one less day per week can save over 550 lbs of CO2e and $100 per year, as well as reduce your likelihood of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and many cancers.

Eating all certified organic food can save over 200 lbs of CO2e per year.

Eating all local food can save over 200 lbs of CO2e per year.

Want to personalize calculations for potential climate and cash savings for your lifestyle? Check out UC Berkeley's CoolClimate Household Calculator!

Shop

Reducing your clothing shopping by $100 per month can save 1,400 lbs of CO2e and $1,200 per year.

Buying all used clothing instead of new can save 2,200 lbs of CO2e and over $1,600 per year.

Buying used furniture instead of new can save 1,400 lbs of CO2e and $1,200 per year.

Spending $100 per month on experiences and services (like concerts, language courses, yoga, and massage) instead of physical stuff (clothing, electronics, etc.) can save over 700 lbs of CO2e per year.

Want to personalize calculations for potential climate and cash savings for your lifestyle? Check out UC Berkeley's CoolClimate Household Calculator!

Play

Exercising or exploring outdoors instead of watching TV for 5 hours a week can save over 170 lbs of CO2e and $20 per year in energy costs, as well as reduce your medical bills.

Reducing your entertainment budget by $50 per month saves about 700 lbs of CO2e and $600 per year.

Consider a "stay-cation": avoiding just 1 cross-country flight can save 6,600 lbs of CO2e and over $500.

Riding your bike instead of driving is a great way to keep fit and can save over 3,300 lbs of CO2e and $400 per year.

Want to personalize calculations for potential climate and cash savings for your lifestyle? Check out UC Berkeley's CoolClimate Household Calculator!

Work

Installing sensors that dim lights during daylight hours and turn off lights when people leave the office can save over 1,600 lbs of CO2e and $175 per person per year.

Installing water-saving low flush toilets can save over 3,400 gallons of water, 500 lbs of CO2e and $40 per toilet per year.

Purchasing electricity from renewable sources or renewable energy certificates (RECs) for your office can save over 3,000 lbs of CO2e per person per year.

Telecommuting to work once a week can save 2,200 lbs of CO2e and over $500 per year.

Carpooling to work every day can save over 4,400 lbs of CO2e and $2,000 per year.

Riding your bike instead of driving is a great way to keep fit and can save over 3,300 lbs of CO2e and $400 per year.

Turn your meeting into a teleconference: avoiding just 1 cross-country flight can save 3 tons of CO2e and over $500, and saves even more of both if you fly business or first class.

Want to customize calculations for potential climate and cash savings for your workplace? Check out UC Berkeley's CoolClimate Business Calculator!

Other

Improve the accuracy of your Oroeco profile by making sure all transactions in your Mint.com profile are properly categorized.

Make sure all credit card payments and financial transactions between accounts you own are excluded from Oroeco calculations by visiting your Actions page.

Adjust assumptions for how your cash is spent to ensure that Oroeco accurately calculates your cash impacts.

You can manually add and categorize gifts and other transactions that aren't automatically tracked in your Mint.com profile to make sure Oroeco fully accounts for all your impacts.

Want to personalize calculations for potential climate and cash savings for your lifestyle? Check out UC Berkeley's CoolClimate Household Calculator!

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