Residents

What Mercer County Residents Can Do

We invite you to join with us to create a greener Mercer County.  Check out the following suggestions will help you to save $$$ and do your bit for the environment.

Inside the Home

  • Get a home energy audit and act on as many of the recommendations as you can afford.
  • Adjust your thermostat to reduce energy use.
  • Change your lightbulbs to LEDs and save $ AND energy.

Home Landscape

  • Remove some of your lawn and plant a garden
  • Eschew chemicals in your yard maintenance.
  • Grow a vegetable garden
  • Leave your grass clippings on your lawn.
  • Leave your leaves on your own property.  Chop them up with a mulching mower and put them in your garden beds where they will break down naturally and add nutrients and organic matter to your soil.
  • Plant and preserve trees in your neighborhood. They help minimize the damage caused by surface runoff and remove carbon dioxide from the air.

Transportation

  • Walk or bike to your destinations whenever possible.
  • Utilize mass transit or carpool for longer destinations.
  • Consider a vehicle with better gas mileage and lower emissions.
  • Stop idling in your car! Idling for more than 3 minutes is prohibited in New Jersey if your vehicle is not in motion.

Water

  • Save water with rain barrels.
  • Put in a rain garden to minimize storm water runoff.
  • Don’t waste water!  Turn off the faucets while brushing your teeth until needed.
  • Skip the bottled water.  The Pacific Institute estimates that it takes 3 liters of water to manufacture a one liter bottle of water.  Eschewing bottled water has the additional benefit of reducing the amount of plastic in the waste cycle.

Dispose of your disposable lifestyle habits

  • Freecycle – don’t buy new – pass things around!
  • Opt out of the catalogs you receive that you didn’t ask for with CatalogChoice.org and start your own waste prevention initiative.
  • Share magazines and newspapers. Recycle them when done.
  • Use your own coffee mug at work or on the go instead of disposable cups.
  • Buy food packaged in paper instead of foam trays.
  • Bring your own containers when shopping for bulk products in the supermarket.
  • Bring your own reusable bag when shopping.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.

Recycling

  • Return hangers to your organic dry cleaner.
  • Reuse glass containers and recycle plastic ones.
  • Reuse or return plastic bags to your local supermarkets.
  • Crush cans and flatten cartons to reduce volume.

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