Caring for Creation: Survey of Green Living ________(date)
Circle the most appropriate response. 1= never 2= sometimes 3= most of the time
House: (Fact 40% of energy used in USA is on buildings)
Yes No I have conducted an energy audit to determine how to reduce energy consumption.
Yes No I have replaced at least 5 most frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescents.
Yes No My heating/cooling unit has a SEER rating of 13 or above* and I have ample attic insulation.
1 2 3 I set my thermostat at 68 or lower in winter and 78 or higher in summer.
General Energy Efficiency:
1 2 3 I choose eco-friendly packaging
1 2 3 I wash clothes in cold water most of the time and always use cold water to rinse
1 2 3 I limit my hot showers to 5 minutes or less.
1 2 3 I turn off my computer, monitor and printer when not in use for more than an hour.
1 2 3 I replace old appliances with Energy Star rated appliances as they wear out.
1 2 3 I use mild or environmentally friendly cleaning products.
1 2 3 I use electric lawn equipment, or I wait until 6pm to use gas-powered lawn equipment.
1 2 3 I pick up my pet’s waste and dispose of it in the trash.
1 2 3 I take my car to a car washing facility or wash my car in a grassy area.
1 2 3 I use low-VOC paints and use all paints, solvents, hobby supplies, and strong cleaners sparingly and in well-ventilated areas.
1 2 3 I freshen my home by opening doors and windows rather than using chemical sprays.
1 2 3 I turn off the faucet while brushing my teeth, washing, and shaving.
1 2 3 I favor native, drought-tolerant plants and follow water-efficient garden practices.
1 2 3 I use environmentally friendly yard & garden products.
1 2 3 I check for and repair leaks in my indoor water-using appliances and irrigation system.
Solid Waste Reduction:
1 2 3 I carry reusable shopping bags.
1 2 3 I choose reusable items over disposable ones.
1 2 3 I compost most yard and food waste in my own back yard.
1 2 3 I recycle at home and work.
1 2 3 I drive the most fuel-efficient vehicle that I can.
1 2 3 I track my vehicle’s average gas mileage and maintain my car, including keeping my tires properly inflated.
1 2 3 I accelerate and stop my vehicle smoothly.
1 2 3 I bicycle, walk, carpool, or use public transit when possible, and I am courteous to other people who travel by these modes.
1 2 3 I telecommute or carpool when possible.
1 2 3 I don’t start my vehicle until I am ready to drive and turn off my engine while I am waiting even short periods of time.
* SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) As of January 2006, all residential air conditioners sold in the United States must have a SEER of at least 13. ENERGY STAR qualified Central Air Conditioners must have a SEER of at least 14.
Look at those areas with 1s & 2s and choose a few areas at a time to become a better steward of our earth’s resources!
Breakdown of energy use in the average home: