Did you know the activities of the average American emit more than 20 tons of greenhouse gases each year?1, 2 Greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, contribute to global warming and the environmental challenges of climate change.
Your contribution to greenhouse gases is referred to as your "carbon footprint." Making small changes, you can easily reduce your emissions; a move that’s good for the environment, your health and your wallet.
Your Car3, 4
Save time and money, help prolong the life of your vehicle and reduce harmful emissions when you:
Plan your route to minimize time on the road
Get tune-ups and properly inflate tires
Avoid excessive speeding and braking
Avoid overusing the air conditioner
Avoid extra weight
Live down the road.
Living near your office, school, favorite stores and businesses and/or friends saves cash by reducing wear and tear and the amount of money you spend on gas. It may also provide greater opportunities to walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation.
In 2010, with the help of ENERGY STAR, Americans saved nearly $18 billion on their utility bills while
reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars.5 Minimize your heating,
cooling and electrical expenses, and your carbon footprint, when you:
Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use and/or plug into a power strip designed to cut energy use when appliances/electronics are switched off
Use ENERGY STAR* approved heating and cooling equipment, appliances, electronics and light fixtures
Use a programmable thermostat to avoid unnecessary heating and cooling
Appropriately seal and insulate your home
Compost* food and yard waste, including autumn leaves!
Take advantage of federal tax credits6 for consumer energy efficiency
Green your power.
Are you replacing your home’s current systems or building new? Solar, wind and geothermal systems are more affordable and attractive than ever before. And if you produce more power than you need, you can earn cash selling back to local utility companies.
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