Guide to Energy Efficiency 8 - Protecting Our Environment Guide to Energy Efficiency 8 - Protecting Our Environment

The average household can be responsible for nearly twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the average car. The leading source of greenhouse gas emissions is energy production; whenever you operate any product in your home that runs on electricity, a power plant is most likely generating that electricity by burning fossil fuels (such as coal and oil), which produces greenhouse gases. Here are 5 ways you can help reduce the risks of global warming!

5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Air Pollution:

  • Change five lights. Change a light and you help change the world. Replace your five most frequently used lights, or the bulbs in them, with ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR, and you'll use less energy, which means less pollution from power plants. If every household did this, together we'd prevent more than one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases.
  • Look for products that have earned the ENERGY STAR. Ask for us by name. You'll get the features and performance you want AND help reduce air pollution. Look for ENERGY STAR qualified products in more than 40 product categories, including lighting, home electronics, heating and cooling equipment, and appliances. If you are building or buying a newly constructed home, ask about ENERGY STAR - we qualify those too.
  • Heat and cool smartly. Improve the performance of your heating and cooling system. Have it serviced annually by a licensed contractor, and remember to clean or replace air filters regularly. To avoid heating or cooling an empty house, use an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat. And when it's time to replace old equipment, choose an ENERGY STAR qualified model, and make sure it's sized and installed properly. If just one household in 10 did this, the change would prevent more than 17 billion pounds of greenhouse gases.
  • Seal up you home. Drafty windows and doors, cold walls or ceilings, and high energy bills are all symptoms of air leaks (usually in the attic and basement) and poor insulation. Seal air leaks, add insulation, and choose ENERGY STAR qualified windows when replacing old windows. That way you'll improve the comfort and durability of your home, save energy and help protect our environment.
  • Tell family and friends. Slip it into a conversation with a friend or family member. Talk about it at a neighbor's barbecue. Pass it on at a PTA meeting or at work. We're asking you to help spread the word that energy efficiency is good for your home and good for our environment. Tell five people and together we can help our homes help us all.

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