EPA Fact Sheets Give Tips on "What You Can Do" to Reduce GHG Emissions

Individuals release greenhouse gases as a result of activities such as using energy to drive, using electricity to light and heat homes, and through other everyday actions. EPA’s four new fact sheets on “What You Can Do” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are intended for individuals at home, at the office, on the road, and at school. The fact sheets can be used by state and local governments to educate their citizens about reducing greenhouse gases.

These fact sheets provide over 25 easy steps individuals can take to not only to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, but also reduce air pollution, increase the nation’s energy independence, and save money.

What You Can Do: At Home recommends changing the five most frequently sed light fixtures to ENERGY STAR qualified options, resulting in a avings of about $60 a year on energy bills.

What You Can Do: At the Office
suggests ways for individuals to better anage the energy use of their office equipment. For example, consider using a power strip that can be turned off when you’re done using your computers, printers, wireless routers, and other electronics.

What You Can Do: On the Road gives information about buying smart. Before buying a new or used vehicle (or even renting), look at the fuel economy and emissions of different vehicles.

What You Can Do: At School proposes that students, teachers, and administrators power down classrooms by turning off computers, lights, and other devices that use energy when no one is in the classroom.

You may find these sheets, and see other tips, by going to the What You Can Do page at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/index.html.

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