This planet and the life it supports is worth saving.
Simple Ways to Stop Global Warming
by Tricia Ballad, Demand Media
Change Your Light Bulbs
When your incandescent bulbs burn out, replace them with energy-efficient ones. The EPA recommends replacing the bulbs in your five most used fixtures with bulbs carrying the Energy Star designation. Energy Star light bulbs use less power, which means less demand for power from power plants that burn coal and other fossil fuels. These power plants are a big contributor of greenhouse gases, which cause global warming. If every household in the United States replaced just five light bulbs, Americans would prevent as much greenhouse gas emissions as produced by 10 million cars (see References 1).
Support Recycling Efforts
According to the EPA, it takes less energy to recycle most items than it does to create new ones (see References 1). If your community offers a recycling program, recycle your used newspapers, glass and plastic bottles, paper and other items. Purchase products made from post-consumer recycled materials.
Reduce Your Vehicle’s Energy Consumption
There are several small things you can do to make your vehicle more energy-efficient. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for tuneups, oil changes and tire inflation. These things help your vehicle run more smoothly, use less gas and produce fewer emissions. Reduce the weight of your vehicle by removing unnecessary items from the trunk and roof rack. Try to minimize the time you spend idling. Use the brakes and gas pedal lightly, avoiding hard stops and accelerations (see References 2). These small things add up to better fuel economy, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves you money at the gas pump.
Buy Carbon Offset Credits
Carbon offset credits offer businesses and individuals a way to contribute to environmentally friendly projects throughout the world to offset the greenhouse gas emissions they cause. Organizations like CarbonFund.org provide calculators to help you figure out your carbon footprint, or the impact your lifestyle has on global warming. Once you know your carbon footprint, you can make an equivalent donation to projects around the world that fight global warming, such as reforestation and renewable energy efforts (see References 3).