Living Green

The Green Effect
The decisions we make every day have the power to positively impact our environment.

 Recycle Paper Products 
  • The average American uses the equivalent of 7 trees worth of paper products every year.
  • 1 ton of recycled paper products can save 17 trees.
  • If every American recycled their newspaper, we could save 250 million trees a year.

Conserve Water

  • Using a low-flow showerhead can save more than 2,000 gallons of water a year.
  • Nearly 22% of household water usage is consumed by doing laundry.
  • High efficiency washing machines can save a household 6,000 gallons of water per year.

Save Energy

  • Heating and cooling make up nearly 50% of home energy use.
  • For every degree you set your thermostat up in the summer and down in winter, you save about 1% on your energy bill.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint 

  • Ditching your car for public transportation could reduce your carbon footprint by 4,800 pounds a year (for an average 20-mile-round-trip commute).
  • Bikes are close to 10 times more carbon efficient than gas-powered vehicles.

Green YOUR Texas

Programs all across the state invite Texans to contribute to the statewide GREENvolution. Let’s make this year our greenest ever!


Texas Eco-Facts & Resources

The Lone Star State is doing its part to create a greener future for all Texans.