Save money and help your local community and our environment by making one small change each week this month! I am eager to make small shifts in my life to help our local economy and environment. I challenge all willing valley residents to “do the right thing” and choose to make some changes as well. If all willing members in a community make small changes, it can add up to big reductions in local greenhouse gas emissions and big improvements in our economy and the environment. Here are just a few possible ideas for changes:

  • Eat a meatless meal once a week.
  • Increase your intake of local, organic and bulk foods that are in season.
  • Start composting food and garden waste.
  • Turn off your car engine if you will be parked for more than 10 seconds.
  • Limit cold-weather car idling warmup to a maximum of 30 seconds. Modern car engines don’t require more than 30 seconds even in very cold weather.
  • When you need to buy clothing and household items, shop at local thrift stores and consignment shops for used and recycled items.
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  • Unplug your electronic devices when you are not using them.
  • Change to LED light bulbs.

Gretchen Basen, Hailey

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