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Tips to help reduce global warming

April 09, 2007

Here are tips consumers can use to help reduce global warming:

  • Select a fuel-efficient car. Purchasing a car is considered the most important climate decision consumers can make. Each gallon of gasoline consumed releases 25 pounds of heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Better gas mileage not only reduces global warming, but will save thousands of dollars in gasoline costs over the life of the vehicle. Also consider new technologies such as hybrid engines.

  • Appliances like refrigerators, freezers, furnaces, air conditioners and water heaters use the most energy and consumers can look for an "Energy Star" label on appliances to choose appliances that use less energy.

  • Take advantage of home energy audits offered by many utility companies. Basic measures like installing a programmable thermostat or insulating heating and cooling ducts can reduce a home's carbon dioxide emissions by up to 5 percent.

  • Switch from incandescent light bulbs to energy-saving fluorescent models. Fluorescent bulbs come in many shapes and can reduce electric bills.


- Compiled from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and www.climatechoices.org.

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