The goal is simple. Carbon dioxide is the worst enemy of the climate. It seems when oil, coal and other fossil fuels are burned to energy – the energy we use to power our homes, cars and smartphones. By using it less, we can limit our own contribution to climate change while saving money. Here are a dozen easy and effective ways that each of us can change something:
Supply your home with renewable energy
Choose a utility company that generates at least half of the power from wind or solar energy and has been certified by Green-e Energy, an organization dealing in renewable energy. If that is not possible, look at the electricity bill; many utility companies now mention other ways to handle renewable sources on their monthly statements and websites.
Invest in Energy Saving Devices
Since their introduction to the domestic market in 1987, performance standards for dozens of equipment and products have maintained 2.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide in the air. This is about the same as the annual carbon contamination choked almost 440 million cars. “Energy efficiency is the cheapest way to reduce emissions,” says Haq. When you buy refrigerators, washing machines and other equipment, look for the Energy Star label. He will tell you which are the most efficient.
Reduce Water Loss
Saving water also reduces carbon contamination. This is because pumping, heating and purifying water requires a lot of energy. So take shorter showers, turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and switch to devices and devices labelled WaterSense. EPA estimates that if only one in 100 American homes were modernized using cost-effective equipment, approximately 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity would be saved annually, avoiding 80,000 tons of global warming pollution.
Keep your Ride
If all Americans kept tires in good condition, we could save 1.2 billion gallons of gas annually. Simple regulation can increase miles per gallon from 4 to 40 percent, and a new air filter can increase by 10 percent.