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Climate change is the consequence of unchecked pollution.

When carbon emissions caused


by human activity enter the air, they have dangerous effects on the environment, the
economy, and our wellbeing. But just as humans cause it, we can halt its progress.
WHAT YOU CAN DO AT HOME
Making a few small changes in your home and yard
can reduce greenhouse gases and save you money.

1. Change five lights

Replace your five most frequently used light fixtures or the lightbulbs in them with
LED or CFL bulbs. These provide bright, warm light; generates 75% less heat; uses
about 75% less energy than standard lighting; and lasts from 10 to 50 times longer.

2. Read the Yellow Label (Energy Efficiency Ratio)

Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) is the ratio of the cooling capacity of an air conditioner/
refrigerator in British Thermal Units (BTU) per hour, to the total electrical input
(in watts) under certain specified tests. EER ratings higher than 10 are considered most cost-effective.

3. Cool smartly

Simple steps like changing air filters regularly, properly using a programmable thermostat, and having your
cooling equipment maintained annually by a licensed contractor can save energy and increase comfort, while
helping to protect the environment.

4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reducing, reusing, and recycling in your home helps conserve energy and reduces pollution and greenhouse
gas emissions from resource extraction, manufacturing, and disposal. Recycle your newspapers, beverage
containers, paper, and other goods.

5. Use water efficiently

Reduce the amount of waste you generate and the water you consume whenever possible.

6. Spread the word

Tell family and friends that energy efficiency is good for their homes and good for
the environment because it lowers greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

WHAT YOU CAN DO AT WORK


1. Manage your office equipment energy use better
Activate; Unplug; Turn off.

2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Using two-sided printing and copying.


Only print what you need.
Buy supplies made with recycled content.
Donate used equipment to schools or other organizations.

Reference: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/home.html