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Since today is Earth Day, I’m taking a moment to consider my carbon footprint —the impact that I personally have on the environment—and I have to admit that I could be doing more to conserve and recycle. The funny thing is, if I did do more, it would probably save me money on my gas and electric bills, making it good for my wallet as well as good for the environment.
If you need a little help to jump start you on your way to reducing your carbon footprint, a few small steps can make a big difference. Start by taking the ENERGY STAR Pledge and sign up to make a few easy changes. According to the people at the Environmental Protection Agency, if every American household took part in this new Energy Star pledge, we would save more than $18 billion in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 18 million cars.
Take the pledge to:
- Replace at least one light bulb in your home with an energy-efficient alternative
- Make sure your home heating and cooling systems are working efficiently
- Make sure your home is well sealed and insulated
- Set your computer and monitor to sleep or shut down when you’re away from them
- Choose an Energy Star qualified refrigerator, dishwasher and/or clothes washer when you replace old appliances