What can you do at home to reduce Greenhouse Gases
Making a few small changes in your home and yard can lead to big reductions
of greenhouse gas emissions and save money.  
  • Change 5 lights
    Replace the conventional bulbs in you 5 most frequently used light
    fixtures with bulbs that have the ENERGY STAR and you will help the
    environment while saving money on energy bills.  
    When buying new products, such as appliances for your home, get the
    features and performance you want and help reduce greenhouse gas
    emissions and air pollution.  Look for ENERGY STAR qualified
    products in more than 50 product categories, including lighting, home
    electronics, heating and cooling equipment and appliances.
  • Heat and cool smartly
    Simple steps like cleaning air filters regularly and having you heating
    and cooling equipment tuned annually by a licensed contractor can
    save energy and increase comfort at home, and at the same time
    reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  When it's time to replace your old
    equipment, choose a high efficiency model, and make sure it is
    properly sized and installed.
  • Seal and insulate your home
    Sealing air leaks and adding more insulation to your home is a great
    do-it-yourself project.  The biggest leaks are usually found in the attic
    and basement.  If you are planning to replace windows, choose
    ENERGY STAR qualified windows for better performance. Forced air
    ducts that run through unconditioned spaces are often big energy
    wasters.  Seal and insulate any ducts in attics and crawlspaces to
    improve the efficiency of your home.  A home energy auditor can also
    help you find air leaks, areas with poor insulation, and evaluate the
    over-all energy efficiency of your home. By taking these steps, you can
    eliminate drafts, keep your home more comfortable year round, save
    energy that would otherwise be wasted, and reduce greenhouse gas
  • Use green power
    Green power is environmentally friendly electricity that is generated
    from renewable energy sources such as wind and the sun. There are
    two ways to use green power: you can buy green power or you can
    modify your house to generate your own green power. Buying green
    power is easy, it offers a number of environmental and economic
    benefits over conventional electricity, including lower greenhouse gas
    emissions, and it helps increase clean energy supply. If you are
    interested, there are a number of steps you can take to create a
    greener home, including installing solar panels and researching
    incentives for renewable energy in your state
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
    If there is a recycling program in your community, recycle your
    newspapers, beverage containers, paper and other goods. Use
    products in containers that can be recycled and items that can be
    repaired or reused. In addition, support recycling markets by buying
    products made from recycled materials. Reducing, reusing, and
    recycling in your home helps conserve energy and reduces pollution
    and greenhouse gases from resource extraction, manufacturing, and
  • Be green in you yard
    Use a push mower, which, unlike a gas or electric mower, consumes
    no fossil fuels and emits no greenhouse gases. If you do use a power
    mower, make sure it is a mulching mower to reduce grass clippings.
    Composting your food and yard waste reduces the amount of garbage
    that you send to landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Use water efficiently
    Saving water around the home is simple. Municipal water systems
    require a lot of energy to purify and distribute water to households, and
    saving water, especially hot water, can lower greenhouse gas
    emissions. Look for products with EPA's WaterSense label; these
    products save water and perform as well or better than their less
    efficient counterparts.  There are also simple actions you can take to
    save water:  Be smart when irrigating your lawn or landscape; only
    water when needed and do it during the coolest  part of the day, early
    morning is best.  Turn the water off while shaving or brushing teeth. Do
    not use your toilet as a waste basket - water is wasted with each flush.
    And did you know a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day?
    Repair all toilet and faucet leaks right away.

What you can do on the Road to reduce Greenhouse Gases?
The burning of fuels releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere and
contributes to climate change, but these emissions can be reduced by
improving your car’s fuel efficiency. You can take the following actions to
reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the nation's dependence on
oil and save money. For more information, there are also a number of
transportation tools available to estimate emissions from transportation and
the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that can be reduced through
specific activities.

  • Buy smart
    Before buying a new or used vehicle (or even before renting a vehicle),
    check out  EPA's Green Vehicle Guide and the jointly-run EPA/DOE Fuel
    Economy Guide. These resources provide information about the
    emissions and fuel economy performance of different vehicles. The
    Green Vehicle Guide provides detailed information on emissions
    (including Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas scores for each model)
    and the Fuel Economy Guide focuses on fuel efficiency (including side-
    by-side fuel economy comparisons and a customized fuel cost
    calculator). These Web sites are designed to help you choose the
    cleanest, most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. There are a
    wide range of cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles available on the
    market today that produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Drive smart
    Many factors affect the fuel economy of your car. To improve fuel
    economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, go easy on the
    brakes and gas pedal, avoid hard accelerations, reduce time spent
    idling and unload unnecessary items in your trunk to reduce weight. If
    you have a removable roof rack and you are not using it, take it off to
    improve your fuel economy by as much as 5 percent. Use overdrive and
    cruise control on your car if you have those features. For more tips to
    improve your gas mileage, visit the Fuel Economy Guide.

  • Tune your ride
    A well-maintained car is more fuel-efficient, produces fewer
    greenhouse gas emissions, is more reliable, and is safer! Keep your
    car well tuned, follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule, and
    use the recommended grade of motor oil. Also check and replace your
    vehicle’s air filter regularly.  For more details, including potential
    savings from these actions, visit the Fuel Economy Guide Web site.

  • Check your tires
    Check your tire pressure regularly. Under-inflation increases tire wear,
    reduces your fuel economy by up to 3 percent and leads to higher
    greenhouse gas emissions and releases of air pollutants. If you don’t
    know the correct tire pressure for your vehicle, you can find it listed on
    the door to the glove compartment or on the driver's-side door pillar.
    More details on the Fuel Economy Guide Web site.

  • Give your car a break
    Use public transportation, carpool or walk or bike whenever possible to
    avoid using your car. Leaving your car at home just two days a week will
    reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per
    year. Whenever possible, combine activities and errands into one trip.
    For daily commuting, consider options like telecommuting (working
    from home via phone or over the Internet) that can reduce the stress of
    commuting, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save you money.

  • Use Renewable Fuels
    Both E85 and biodiesel are renewable fuels that can reduce
    greenhouse gas emissions from your vehicle. E85 is a fuel blend
    containing 85% ethanol that can be used in certain vehicles called Flex
    Fuel Vehicles (FFVs). FFVs can be fueled with E85 or with traditional
    gasoline. There are approximately 6 million FFVs on the road today. To
    find out if you own one of them, check the inside of your car's fuel filler
    door for an identification sticker or consult your owner’s manual. If you
    own a diesel vehicle, consider filling up with a biodiesel blend such as
    B5, a fuel blend containing 5% biodiesel. Biodiesel is a renewable fuel
    made from agricultural resources such as vegetable oils. The
    Department of Energy’s Alternative Fueling Station Locator can help you
    locate both E85 and biodiesel fuel stations in your area.
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