What Powegians Can Do
- Reduce the amount of bottled water you purchase. More than 40 million gallons of oil are needed to make the plastic water bottles that Americans purchase each year.
- Reuse plastic shopping bags or purchase reusable shopping bags. Americans use approximately 380 billion plastic shopping bags a year.
- Purchase environmental friendly cleaning supplies. Regular cleaning products can contain phosphorus, nitrogen or volatile organic compounds that can impact our water and air.
- Shop at a local farmer's market, this helps reduce resources used in packaging and transportation of goods. Visit Poway's Farmers Market every Saturday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. located next to Old Poway Park.
- Watch your energy usage. Turn off lights when they are not in use and turn off electronics instead of placing them on standby. Standby power accounts for 12 percent of an average home's electricity usage.
- Be water wise. Visit our city Water Conservation page on tips on how to reduce water and use it more efficiently.
- Create a small compost pile in your back yard. Continue to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) website for more information on home composting.
- Switch to paperless bills. This will help reduce waste and the use of paper. If the U.S. could reduce its paper use by just 10% it would prevent the emission of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases.
- Change most of your light bulbs to compact fluorescents.
- Use cold water in your washing machine. Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
- Close fireplace dampers when not in use.
- Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's heat cycle.
- Wash only full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
- Install low-flow showerheads and low-flow toilets.
- If your refrigerator is more than 10 years old, replace it with a new Energy Star qualified model and you may cut your related energy costs in half. Look for the Energy Star label on all new major appliances.
- Ask San Diego Gas and Electric to conduct a free energy audit of your home. Visit SDG&E's website to see if rebates are available for energy efficiency measures.
- Check for proper insulation levels in your attic, crawl spaces, ceilings, floors and exterior walls. Visit the U.S. Department of Energy website for instructions.
- Replace exhaust fans in the bathroom with high-efficiency, low-noise models.
- Look for energy retrofit rebates and assistance programs to help you save money.
- Set your thermostat as low as comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer.
- When you're shopping for new windows, look for the National Fenestration Rating Council certification, double-glazing and spectrally selective coatings that reduce heat gain.
In Your School
- Recycle all cans, bottles and paper
- Carpool, walk, bike or use public transportation
- Turn off all lights, computers, and electronic devices when not in use
- Don't litter, ever, anywhere
- Respect the work others do to make your campus beautiful
- Use both sides of your paper
- Bring your lunch in a reusable bag or container
- Get involved in your community
In Your Community
- Shop and eat in Poway. This helps reduce the emissions put into the air as well as assisting our local economy.
- Calculate your carbon footprint using the University of California Berkeley's online calculator.
- Create a neighborhood carpool for work, school, shopping, and kid's activities. Visit SANDAG's website to find carpool matching, park and ride lots and more.