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Cool Tips for Conservation At Home

You can help conserve the Earth's natural resources right in the comfort of your own home!  Here are some picture of thermostatsimple steps you can take to help preserve our world for generations to come.

  • Knowledge is power:  Educate yourself about endangered plant and animal species and species native to your area.
  • Visit the Oklahoma City Zoo or another AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium near you and experience your own animal adventure!
  • Don't pollute.
  • Only buy palm-oil free household products and food items.
  • Prevent soil erosion by seeding for grass or planting shrubs.
  • Avoid dumping chemicals down drains.
  • Avoid releasing non-native plant and animal species into the environment. Non-native species, or species not found naturally in an area, can alter the ecological community and have a negative impact on native plants and animals.
  • Save energy in your home by replacing air filters once a month, closing air vents in unused rooms and turning off lights when you leave a room.
  • Replace your regular light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Plant trees to shade your home and check the weather stripping on all doors and windows.
  • Research ways you can eliminate hazardous household chemicals.  Purchase "green" cleaners or look for natural cleaning agents such as vinegar and baking soda.
  • Create wildlife habitats in your yard by providing shelter and clean water. 
  • Water your yard and flower beds early in the morning or late at night to prevent evaporation and excess water use.
  • Recycle!
  • Use recycled paper for printing, faxing and writing.Keeping it green
  • Buy a home water filtration system (like the kind that fits on your faucet) instead of purchasing bottled water.
  • Recycle printer cartridges.  Many companies even provide an envelope for you!
  • Paint with brushes instead of using spray paint, which can release harmful toxins into the air. 
  • Join a carpool or ride your bicycle to work.
  • Recycle motor oil when you change it.
  • When making a trip to the grocery store, use canvas shopping bags instead of plastic or paper bags.
  • Look for energy saving appliances.
  • Plant trees, which help eliminate carbon dioxide in the environment.
  • Start a compost pile.
  • Use organic fertilizers.  Not only are they better for the environment, but they can save the life of an animal that thinks the fertilizers are a "tasty treat."
  • Install bird and wildlife feeders for your yard.  Not only will you get to see some pretty cool animals, but you will be providing an additional food source for them.
  • Trade in disposable products for reusable ones.
  • Volunteer at the Zoo or other wildlife organizations.
  • Write to your local politicians and express your concerns about the environment.
  • Lead by example!  Try to live a green lifestyle, and encourage others around you to do the same!


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