Leave behind a smaller footprint

There are many practical things you can do to use energy more efficiently, which reduces greenhouse gas and other air emissions.

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Use the Environmental Protection Agency's Household Emissions Calculator to measure your household's carbon footprint. Energy conservation isn't just good for the environment, it's good for your wallet. It can help lower heating and cooling bills.

Here's how you can get started

    • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when purchasing new appliances.
    • Upgrade to high-efficiency air conditioning. New, high-efficiency 13 SEER air conditioners will use only half the energy compared to a 15-year-old air conditioner.
    • Replace old refrigerators. An old refrigerator may use twice as much energy as a new energy-efficient refrigerator.

  • Take advantage of the new federal tax credits when making energy efficiency improvements to your home.

    Learn more about tax incentives
  • A CFL bulb can cut your lighting costs by 75% compared to a standard incandescent light bulb. It can also help lower your air conditioning costs since CFLs do not generate as much heat as a 100-watt light bulb.
  • A programmable thermostat enables you to raise or lower the temperature settings so that the heating and cooling equipment is not running needlessly at different times during the day and night. This will save you energy and money.
  • Carefully plan your trips. When buying a new vehicle, consider buying a car that gets more miles to the gallon than your current one. Ride the bus or carpool.
  • Keep tires properly inflated and wheels aligned to improve your gas mileage. Get regular tune-ups to maximize fuel economy.
  • A carbon offset is a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from a third party, aimed at canceling out (offsetting) the emissions arising from a particular activity.
  • By practicing the 3 Rs, you conserve energy and natural resources, reduce emissions, and help save valuable landfill space. Landfills produce methane gas, which is a greenhouse gas
    • Recycle paper, cardboard, newsprint and magazines
    • Recycle aluminum cans
    • Recycle all batteries
    • Reduce printing and photocopying by saving documents on your hard drive or creating personal file folders
    • Set printer default to print double-sided (duplex)
    • Purchase the highest post-consumer content paper that will work with your printing equipment
    • Bring in your own coffee mug to avoid use of throw-away cups.
    • Switch from a full-page fax cover sheet to a half-page cover sheet
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