First Gear is "the basics," simple tips and articles to help you go green!

  1. Install faucet aerators, low flow shower heads and toilet retrofit devices. These items are inexpensive and can be purchased at any home improvement or hardware store - save water and save money!
  2. Turn you water heater down to 120 degrees.
  3. Replace burned out light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs - including recesssed lighting.
  4. Prepare meals using fresh, locally grown, organic food - avoid processed foods and extra packaging.
  5. Gifts - give handmade gifts, gifts made from recycled materials or antiques.
  6. Use canvas bags or reuse your grocery bags, recycle plastic and paper grocery bags.
  7. Recycle your paper, plastic, aluminum, metal, cardboard, glass and phone books.
  8. Change your air filters regularly.
  9. Turn off your computer every night and before you go on vacation. (read more) 
  10. Stop buying disposable plastic water bottles! Buy reusable water bottles and fill them up throughout the week.