Once a year, around Earth Day, we take a week to reflect on the environment, and how we can all do our part to make environmentally friendly decisions. So, all this week, we're giving you some awesome Eco-Friendly tips you and your family can immediately act on to become more environmentally friendly.  Today, we focus on tips for travel!Check back each day for more great tips!

Also be sure to join us this Saturday at NewBo City Market for EcoFest! Learn more Earth friendly tips, while enjoying family fun activities, music, movies, art, and more.

  • Give Your Car A Break!

    Did you know leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year?  Use public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike whenever possible to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion, and save on fuel costs.  And if you bike or walk, you’ll also get nice health benefits. You could even ask if you might be able to work from home at least some days.  Also, save up errands and shopping trips so you need to drive fewer times.

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  • Don't Top Off!

    During hot weather, don't top off your gas tank. Refuel your car or truck in the early morning or the evening when it's cooler. A small fuel spill may not seem like much, but every spill evaporates and adds to air pollution, and fuel pumps with vapor recovery systems can feed a spill back into their tanks - after you paid for it. So, in hot weather - don't top off!

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  • Travel Green!

    Look for hotels that encourage guests to use less water or energy. Hang up your towels to dry so you can use them again. Use the sheets more than a night or two. When you go out, look for local foods and souvenirs to reduce transportation. Before you go, unplug your computer, DVD player, and other electronics, and turn down your thermostat.

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