* building green infrastructure - think rain barrels!
* improving access to food from local, family farms;
* providing food scrap and textile collection sites, recycling education and neighborhood reuse events
* teaching the next generation about why each action we take matters.
* Eliminate energy hogs: Start with the water heater. Many homeowners don’t realize it’s the second highest energy user in the home. Upgrading an old unit to a high-efficiency model will save more than $300 a year. Just making the switch would eliminate 155 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equal to 15 million cars.
* Solar panels: If you ever considered getting solar panels for your roof, now is the time to act. While the federal tax credit covers 30% of this project, it’ll start being phased out at the end of 2019. The 20-year electricity savings from solar can be significant, ranging from the low end of $10k to almost $30k. And as McKibben pointed out at the book talk - wind and solar IS the future. And it’s free!
* Smart thermostats: Each degree you adjust the temperature equals a 2% annual energy savings -- enough to pay for the smart thermostat in just a couple of years. You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours/day from its normal setting. If every U.S. household switched, it would offset 13 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year. This is one of the best ways to keep costs at bay.