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Drive differently, or drive a different vehicle

  The sad truth is that your car emits as much carbon dioxide as your entire house. That’s the bad news. The good news is that anything you can do to improve the fuel efficiency of your car will have an enormous impact on climate change. In fact, experts say that paying attention to fuel efficiency in your car may be the single biggest thing Read More →

 Control your temperature

  The bad news is that half of your household energy costs go towards just two things—heating and cooling. The good news is that means you have lots of room for improvement, and even small changes make dramatic improvements in household fuel efficiency. Older heating and cooling systems are a third less efficient than the new systems. So replacing the old with the new is Read More →

Tame the refrigerator monster

  Did you know that your friendly refrigerator has a voracious energy appetite? It is, by far, the single biggest consumer of electricity in the average household, responsible for 10-15 percent of the electricity you use each month. Older refrigerators, as a rule, are far less efficient than the newest ones—as much as 50 percent more efficient in many cases. But buying a brand-new, energy-efficient Read More →

 Twist some knobs

  The other big users of energy in your household are your hot water heater, your washer and dryer, and your dishwasher. Each, in its own way, can be inefficient. Here are some things to try: Either turn the hot water heater down a couple of degrees, or turn on the “energy conservation” setting. Buy insulation for your hot water heater at a local store Read More →

Plant smartly

  While it is true that planting more trees will help in the short term because they essentially soak up carbon, they also release carbon dioxide when they die. So it just postpones the problem. But there are other reasons to plant trees—as wind breaks to save energy, and as shade to lower cooling costs. And even the short-term help while we get our act Read More →

Go organic

  Even with our vast reservoir of scientific knowledge about farming, most American farmers still spray a billion pounds of pesticides to protect crops each year. Now here’s the kicker: when chemical pesticides are used to kill pests, they also kill off microorganisms that keep carbon contained in the soil. When the microorganisms are gone, the carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Read More →

Buy recycled

  This may sound simple, but it takes less energy to manufacture a recycled product than a brand new one. So if you and every other consumer buy recycled, you’ll help create a market, and conserve energy along the way. Because many manufacturers don’t go out of their way to tout their recycled products, you should know that aluminum and tin cans, glass containers, and Read More →

Be a minimalist

  We know it’s difficult, but in today’s consumer economy, an easy way to conserve energy is to simply use—and buy—less. Every time you buy something, energy has gone into getting that product to you. So the less you buy, the more you save energy-wise. It’s a simple equation. This last item on our Top Ten list may, in fact, be the single biggest way Read More →

How You Can Improve Earth’s Health

The scientific and political arguments surrounding the health of our planet can make the whole topic seem beyond the grasp of the individual. How fast is the climate changing? Exactly what effect to humans have? And what will the government do about it? How we treat Earth also involves trillions of little decisions by billions of individuals. That in mind, on this Earth Day, LiveScience Read More →

Environmental Awareness…Save Earth, Save

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