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5 Surprising Ways to Save Energy

Eat Local

Three meals a day -- plus snacks – can have a huge impact on your carbon footprint when you start paying attention to the energy required to get the food from where it’s grown to your kitchen table. Stocking tomatoes in January, bananas from South America, and year-round lettuce (plus other fruits and vegetables) when they’re out of season in your area means big energy investments to transport and preserve them. If you live in a region where fresh produce is limited in the winter due to weather, look for a local orchard where you can get dried, canned, or jellied fruits to last you until spring.