12) Things You Can Do to Help the Environment

Look at the picture. which show environmental problems? Which show solutions?


Cars are getting bigger. SUVs-large, truck-like vehicles-are now the most popular cars in the
United States. Bigger vehicles burn more gas and increase air pollution. So try to walk,
bicycle, or use public transportation. If you drive a car, keep it tuned up. This saves
gas and reduces pollution.


The biggest use of home energy is for heating and cooling. So turn up your air conditioner and
turn down the heat, especially at night. Replace regular lightbulbs with bulbs that use less
energy. And remember to turn lights off.


Each American throws away about 1.8 kilograms (4 pounds) of garbage every day. Most of it goes
into landfills. Reduce waste before you buy by asking yourself: Do I need this? Is it something
I can only use once? Buy products that you can use over and over again. And try to buy products
made from recycled materials.


Showers use a lot of water. In one week, a typical American family uses as much water as a person
drinks in three years! Buy a special "low-flow" showerhead or take shorter showers. This can
cut water use in half. Also, fix any leaky faucets.