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Consider placing recycle bins in the garage for daily sorting of recyclable materials. You will need at least three bins:
- Food and Yard Waste: food scraps, food-soiled paper (like pizza delivery boxes) and yard debris
- Recycling: materials such as plastics, glass, paper and aluminum
- Garbage: this should be your smallest bin!
- Keep bikes easily accessible to encourage riding. Cutting down on car trips is one of the best ways to reduce your personal carbon footprint.
Indoor Air Quality
- Thoroughly seal the air barrier between your house and garage to keep pollutants out of indoor air.
- Store paints, solvents, gas powered appliances and anything that off-gases outside the garage.
- Install an ENERGY STAR rated exhaust fan and set it to run when a car uses the garage; use a motion sensor or wire it to the garage door opener.
Electric vehicle charging
- Consider buying a plug-in hybrid or all electric vehicle. Local electricity is a very inexpensive way to fuel a car and environmentally cleaner than gasoline.
- Ask an electrician to evaluate adding a Level 2, 240 volt, electric car charger to your garage before you buy the vehicle. Charging stations are available both from electric car dealers and other suppliers like big box hardware stores.
- Pre-wiring for an electric car charging station when you are remodeling or adding a garage is a great way to prepare for the future.
- Consider Low Impact Development (LID) techniques if replacing or adding a driveway (code may require it!).
- Plan to protect trees during driveway work.
- Consider more than first costs when deciding on materials and approach.
- Minimize runoff by using permeable materials such as pervious concrete or porous asphalt.