The environment can be protected with several simple actions, such as reducing electrical use, avoiding littering, recycling used plastics, purchasing foods grown locally and buying consumer goods produced through environmentally sound practices. There are many ways for individuals to pitch in to help reduce the global carbon footprint: these practices may seem trivial but add up to produce noticeable improvements in the aggregate. At home, people can save energy, water and money by keeping lights turned off when not in use; when out and about, they can purchase products made by companies that implement environmentally friendly practices to manufacture their goods.
At home, performing simple actions such as switching off lights after leaving a room or turning off the television when not in use can save tremendous amounts of electricity. In the summer, people can also reduce electrical usage by keeping refrigerator doors closed and drawing blinds and curtains before leaving in the morning: this creates shade, which instantly cools the home interior and reduces the need for excess air conditioning. When out shopping, consumers can purchase goods produced locally. This reduces the need for transcontinental and transnational shipments of produce, meats and shelved goods, which significantly reduces carbon emissions and air pollutants. Lastly, consumers can avoid products made with wood and materials harvested from rain forests and vulnerable habitats.