1. Buy electronics that use a power cord, USB connection, or a cigarette lighter instead of those that run on batteries–when you have a choice.
  2. Consider buying electronics that operate by a hand or a foot crank or that get power from a solar screen: for example a crank flashlight or a solar powered laptop. Buy a solar charger for your laptop or your cell phone.
  3. Use rechargeable batteries instead of the old-style alkaline, single-use batteries.
  4. Have one place in your home or office where you keep all your batteries. You’ll know what you have on hand and exactly what you need to buy.
  5. Don’t mix partially used batteries with new or worn-out batteries. Separate new, used, and dead batteries.
  6. Recyle dead batteries at your local battery recycling center. Find the one closest to you here.