You Can Reduce Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The average American generates 19 tons of carbon dioxide a year. Carbon dioxide is the leading contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. If we want to have a healthy environment for our children and grandchildren, then how we act now matters.
Here are some actions for you to consider to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
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- Use a bike or e-bike instead of a car, when possible.
- Save gas. Car pool, and shop locally, when possible. For every gallon of gas a car burns (in which a gallon is 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol), 18.9 pounds of carbon dioxide are released into the air.
- Drive a hybrid or battery electric car. You can earn up to a $7,500 federal tax credit, and up to a $2,000 New York State tax rebate.
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- Reduce the amount of garbage going into the trash stream. This reduces greeenhouse gases generated by landfills. Learn More
- Avoid plastic packaging, and reduce your plastic use. Use reusable, non-plastic bags when shopping. Learn More
- Compost your food waste
- Compost at home. Learn More
- Saugerties Food Waste Composting Program.
Bring your food scraps. No grease, No liquids, No plastic bags.
To the Town of Saugerties Transfer Station, 1765 Route 212.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 7am-3pm.
Bring a reusable 3-5 gallon bucket to the large totem containers. Free with a resident permit or a composting permit.
- Plant trees. If you own a home, plant trees on your property. Trees can help offset the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air and reduce the greenhouse effect. An acre of trees absorbs enough carbon dioxide in a year to equal the amount produced when you drive a car 26,000 miles. Learn More
While these individual actions seem small, we as citizens are collectively responsible for our share of greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, many of these suggestions will save you money on electricity, gasoline, or heating fuel.