8 small changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint

Monday is World Environment Day, and with President Trump's announcement last week that the United States will leave the Paris Climate Accord, climate change is top of mind for many.

But it can be difficult to see how just one person can have an impact on such an expansive issue.

Here are some ideas for small routine changes that can affect a positive change on our planet's outlook and oftentimes save you some cash.

1. Keep your tires inflated: Making sure your tires have enough air and keeping up on other vehicle maintenance, like changing your air filter, can save you money at the pump and keep your car running as efficiently as possible.

2. Use a water filter, not bottles: It makes sense -- if you don't have to recycle or throw out dozens of water bottles each month, you're saving that environmental cost. And a three-month filter is much cheaper than three months worth of bottles.

3. Check your windows: Be certain your windows and walls are well sealed. That'll save you air conditioning money on your energy bill. You can also use blackout curtains to keep the temperature down in these hot Arizona summers.

4. Tell junk mailers 'No thank you': Were you going to throw that credit card offer away anyway? Thought so. They might as well not bother.

5. Limit red meat consumption: It takes a lot of water to raise a cow and comparably less to raise a chicken. Sure, going entirely vegetarian or vegan would be more impactful on the planet, but there are degrees. You don't have to totally cut out meat to make meaningful change.

6. Check out the farmer's market: Eating local means the produce and food you're consuming didn't have to be transported so far. And if you're using the farmer's market, you're likely eating in season, which is much more sustainable and can help you learn how to cook new foods.

7. Lights out: This is a simple one. If you're not in a room, why have the light on? Don't leave your TV on if you're not watching it.

8. Don't drive if you don't have to: This is admittedly a tough sell in the summertime around here, but riding a bike or walking to work if you can will save money. If you take public transit, you won't have as much stress about traffic and you can even get some reading done on your ride.

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