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Practice Environmental Stewardship

Making compost from vegetable leftovers.

By choosing an environmentally friendly lifestyle, you can reduce your impact on the environment. Consider these eco–friendly housekeeping choices:


  • Reduce your reliance on nonrenewable energy sources, like gasoline, in your lawnmower, water heater, and appliances.

  • If you are replacing your appliances, consider investing in ENERGY STAR compliant appliances.

  • Heat and cool your house responsibly. Consider installing a smart thermostat.

  • Reduce your household energy consumption.

  • Take actions to improve your gas mileage when traveling. Consider biking or taking public transportation when possible.


  • Use your dishwasher instead of handwashing your dishes to potentially save two to twenty times the water.

  • Consider washing your clothes in cold water or even turning down the temperature on your water heater.

  • Replace faucets, showerheads, and toilets with low-flow versions to save water. Fix leaks to stop wasting water.

  • Plant native, climate–appropriate plants in your yard to conserve water.


  • Switch to reusable storage containers and bags for food storage and shopping.

  • Reduce food waste.

  • Only buy things you need, and consider buying used items or repurposing old items instead. When shopping, consider the durability, sustainability, and recyclability of products.

  • Compost leaves and food.

Plus, promote climate–friendly policies by getting involved in your community and educating others.

The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only, should not be construed as professional advice and is not intended to replace official sources. Other resources linked from these pages are maintained by independent providers; therefore, NJM cannot guarantee their accuracy.