Ready to take some steps toward going green? Here are some resources close to home to help you get started.
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority provides vans for van pooling and will link riders for carpooling. For those who go to that other county to work, Dallas Area Rapid Transit also has a van pooling program.
The T: 817-336-7433 or www.The-T.com/carpool.html
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DART: 214-747-RIDE (7433) or www.dart.org/about/rideshare.asp
Home energy audits
Drafty homes and old appliances spell high electricity needs. Reliant Energy and TXU offer a self-audit program online. Fill out information about your home and appliances, and you'll get a list of suggestions for saving energy -- and money.
Reliant: www.reliant.com; click on "Energy Savings" at the bottom of the page.
The North Texas Council of Governments has gathered information on recycling programs in 38 cities in the area and put iton one Web site. All of the programs, from curbside recycling pickup to where to take that broken computer, are listed by city. The site also has recycling information for businesses.
Arlington also offers a free class by the Arlington Master Composters. The two-hour class is held the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Veterans Park and the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the River Legacy Living Science Center.