Frequent Questions

What can I do to help protect the environment?

There are a number of ways you can help protect the environment in your everyday life. Some things you can do to reduce waste, conserve energy and prevent pollution include:

  • Use reusable products or borrow, rent, or share items used infrequently, 
  • Select products made from recycled materials or designed to be safer for the environment, 
  • Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room,
  • Take public transportation instead of driving,  
  • Turn your thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer,
  • Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines at fast-food restaurants or banks. Park your car and go in. 

For more information on how you can help protect the environment, visit EPA’s Greener Living page. 

The following EPA pages also provide helpful tips on how to help protect the environment:

  • At Home and in the Garden: Tips for home safety, avoiding potential risks, and preventing pollution by recycling and conserving water and energy. 
  • At Work: Information about preventing pollution in your workplace, and raising awareness of health and safety issues. 
  • On the Road: Consumer information about the environmental impacts of transportation plus tips on cleaner cars, saving gas and improving mileage, boating pollution prevention tips, and more. 
  • While Shopping: Find helpful information on how to choose purchases that will reduce pollution, save energy and money. 
  • In Your Community: Learn how to protect your neighborhood's natural resources, and get information on air and water quality in your community.

EPA also provides information for students, educators, and parents. See: Learning and Teaching about the Environment

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