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  1. Put up tanks under your rain gutters and collect rainwater - to prevent mosquitoes breeding there, put mosquito nets over the top. Use the rainwater for your indoor plants- they love it, as well as for the flowerpots in your garden. You can also use it for washing your cars and cleaning outdoor areas.

  2. If you have a garden, make use of your organic waste and start compost. For tips how to get started visit: www.howtocompost.org/

  3. Think before you print. Do you really need a hard copy or is it going to end up in the waste bin?

  4. Bring your own cup and mug to the coffee station of your office. You will pay less!

  5. Try and avoid a plastic bag for every fruits and vegetable item you have weighed at the supermarket. Have 2 or more items packed in the same bag if unavoidable.

  6. Close the shower or water tap when you shampoo and soap or while brushing your teeth. Why waste up to 30 litres of water, an average daily water use of a family in a Nairobi slum which needs to be bought for 20-30 KES and carried to the house first?

  7. When you are in a traffic jam, turn of the engine. This will save you fuel, and it will save the environment and the people around you the fumes, emissions and noise.

  8. When doing the dishes, put water in the sink and don’t let the water run.

  9. Turn off equipment at home that is on stand-by, such as TV, stereo, microwave. Also on stand-by, the equipment consumes electricity.

  10. When buying new light bulbs, choose energy efficient bulbs! This will save energy and lower your electricity bill.

  11. Bring your own water bottle to work! Clean and re-fill it at home, and avoid contributing to the mountain of waste caused by plastic water bottles.

  12. If you use a washing machine for your clothes and linen, try to wait until you can fill the machine well. If you are only cleaning a few items, wash them by hand and save water and electricity.

  13. Nairobi has ample amounts of sunshine everyday – to dry your clothes, hang them on laundry lines instead of using a dryer.

  14. Unplug appliances from the electric socket after use(or turn off switch).

  15. Check lights. Identify frequently used light fixtures that use incandescent bulbs; order fluorescent replacements bulbs

  16. Check the temperature setting on your water-heater. Reduce the setting to 120°F (typically the “warm” setting; or halfway between the low and medium settings), if it is not already set to that temperature.

  17. Check the settings on your appliances. Where the option is available – and is not already selected -- select the energy-saving setting on your refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine and other major appliances.

  18. Check showerheads and faucets. Determine whether any of your showerheads are models that use more than 2.5 gallons per minute. If so, order low-flow showerheads. Similarly, verify that your bathroom and kitchen water faucets have aerators. Order an aerator for each faucet that does not have one and that can accommodate one. These steps will reduce your use of hot water – and your use of energy to heat that water.

  19. Turn off appliances that you are not using. Switch off TVs, computers, lights, etc. that are not being used and unplug items on “standby” (that use electricity even when not being used) , including TVs, video and audio systems, computers, and chargers (for cell-phones and other electronic equipment).

  20. Check car tires for proper inflation. This can improve gas mileage. The appropriate air pressure typically is listed on the door-pillar on the driver’s side, on the inside of the glove-compartment door or in the vehicle manual.

  21. Write a letter to one of your elected representatives at the local, state or Federal level. Tell them you believe climate change is important; and that you support the development and implementation of a climate action plan to reduce emissions and prepare for climate change impacts