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Do Your Part to Reduce Climate Pollution

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air_pollutant_test_600_21.jpgBecause the United States continues to generate heat-trapping emissions at an alarming rate, Americans have a special responsibility and multiple opportunities to reduce climate pollution and be a part of the Clean Energy solutions at hand.

Take Personal Action

  • Reduce the amount of gas you burn by choosing a fuel-efficient vehicle. Better yet, use another form of transportation that uses less (or no) fossil fuel per trip, such as trains, subways, buses, carpools, walking, and biking.
  • Replace old appliances with energy efficient ones that use less electricity. Look for the Energy Star logo, awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Reduce electrical use in your home and office by tasking friends, family and colleagues to implement different electricity-saving actions, such as turning off lights when leaving the room, unplugging appliances when they are not in use, using compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diode bulbs (LEDs), and running dishwashers or washing machines only when you have a full load.
  • Ensure that any rennovations or updates incorporate energy efficiency into the planning stages to both lower your energy use and your utility bills.

bikeracks.jpgEncourage Community Action

  • Make it easier for community members to use energy-efficient transportation by promoting community carpooling plans and the construction of bike lanes.
  • Urge local businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to install bike racks.
  • Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper about the significance of climate change and the need for U.S. leadership, or respond to stories and letters that dismiss climate change.
  • Encourage the use of clean, renewable energy in publicly funded projects – for example, urge that passive-solar is incorporated into a new library branch or school renovation.
  • Encourage your local electric utilities to promote energy efficiency and the use of clean, renewable energy sources and buy into green power programs such as NC GreenPower or the TVA’s Green Power Switch.

Influence U.S. Action & Policy

  • Write or call President Obama and tell him you expect the United States to be an international leader on the issue of climate change.
  • Contact your U.S. Representative and both of your U.S. Senators to encourage them to support policies that reduce the emissions of heat-trapping gases and encourage efficiency and renewable energy deployment.
  • Ask your governor, state legislators, and public utility regulators to promote energy efficiency, nonpolluting transportation alternatives, and the development of clean, renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind power.

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