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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.