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Making a few small

changes in your home

and yard can lead to big

reductions of greenhouse

gas emissions and

save money.


Resources
ENERGY STAR
Change A Light program:
www.e ne rgysta r.gov

EPA's Green Power Web site:
www.epa.gov/greenpower

EPA's Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Web site: www.epa.gov/msw/
reduce.html

EPA's WaterSense Web site:
www.epa.gov/owm/water
-efficiency/index.htm

EPA's GreenScapes program:
www.epa.gov/epaoswer/
non-hw/green/index.htm

EPA's Climate Change: What You
Can Do at Home Web site:
www.epa.gov/climatechange/
wycd/home.html

EPA's Personal Emissions
Calculator: www.epa.gov/
climate/calculator
1. Change five lights
    Change a light, and you help change the world. Replace the conventional bulbs in
    your 5 most frequently used  ight fixtures with bulbs that have earned the government's
    ENERGY STAR and you will help the environment while saving more than $65 each year
    on energy bills. If every household in the U.S. took this one simple action we would  prevent
    greenhouse gases equivalent to the  emissions from nearly 1 0 million cars.

2. Look for  ENERGY STAR qualified products
    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.

3. Heat and cool smartly
    Simple steps ike cleaning air filters regularly, installing adequate insulation, and having your
    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.

4. Use green power
    Green power is electricity that is generated from renewable energy sources such as  wind
    and the sun that don't contribute to c imate change. Consider buying green power or
    modifying your house to generate your own renewable energy.  EPA's Green Power Web site
    provides information on both options.

5. Reduce,  reuse, and recycle
    Reduce the amount of waste you generate and water you consume whenever possible.
    Pursue simple water saving actions such as not letting the water run while shaving or brushing
    teeth. If there is a  recycling program in your community, recycle your newspapers, beverage
    containers, paper, and other goods. Reducing, reusing, and recycling in your home helps
    conserve energy and reduces pollution and greenhouse gases from resource extraction,
    manufacturing, and disposal.

6. Be green in your yard
    Composting your food  and yard waste reduces the amount of garbage that you send to
    landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. EPA's GreenScapes program provides tips on
    how to improve your lawn or garden while also benefiting the environment.

7. Calculate your household's carbon  footprint
    Use EPA's Personal Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    Calculator to estimate your household greenhouse
    gas emissions resulting from energy use,
    transportation, and waste disposal. This tool
    helps you  understand where your greenhouse
    gas emissions come from and identify ways
    to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

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