Sustainability Tips

For the Home:
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and electronics.
  • Dress for the weather.
    Instead of wasting money and energy from adjusting your thermostat, simply put on a sweater or a pair of shorts.
  • Improve your recycling habits.
    A complete list of recyclable items for the City of Monona can be found Here. Remember that certain items such as batteries and electronics must be disposed of properly.
  • Turn off the water.
    Whether it’s shutting off the shower to shave, or turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, only use the water you need to save money and improve your water efficiency.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water.
    If an item is gently worn, washing it in cold water can be a great way to save hot water.
  • Let your clothes air dry.
    Air drying clothes reduces shrinkage and saves an average of 5% on your energy bill.
  • Switch out old incandescent bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) or LED bulbs.
    These types of bulbs have a longer lifespan and use fewer kilowatts to light your home. Replacing your old light bulbs with these will save energy, money, and trips to the hardware store. CFLs reduce the average electric bill by 7.5%.
  • Buy energy efficient appliances.
    If you aren't sure which product is more efficient Energy Star certification is a good indicator
  • Install a greywater system.
    Greywater systems take wastewater from one source and recycle it for another use. One example is redirecting sink water to fill the toilet tank. This water can be recycled with or without purifying it depending upon your needs.
For the Yard:
  • Plant native species.
    Use This site as a resource when considering new plants suitable for your landscaping needs.
  • Reduce the amount of fertilizer used on your yard, especially non-organic.
    The chemicals from these products can runoff into the lake or leach into the ground leading to contamination.
  • Make or buy a rainwater barrel.
    Garden and lawn care accounts for 40% of residential water usage during the summer. Rainwater collection provides a free water supply that improves water efficiency while reducing storm runoff.
  • Compost.
    Whether you make or purchase your composting system, it is a great way to reduce your household waste, remediate some contamination, and generate soils. A guide to composting can be found Here
For your Lifestyle:
  • Bring reusable bags when you shop.
  • Walk or bike when you can.
  • Set up a carpool group.
    Carpooling is an effective way to reduce the amount of cars on the road. Carpooling saves you money and miles on your car while reducing your fuel consumption.
  • Buy locally produced goods.
    Purchasing locally produced goods means less fuel was used to get the product to you, and the money spent on the good is going back into the regional economy.
  • Support the Farmer’s Market
  • Attend events that promote sustainability
  • Join a club.
    Whether it’s a biking, fishing, gardening, or a power-walking group, the Monona area has plenty of ways to stay active with like-minded community members.
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Monona.