Can I really make a difference?

Choices we make as individuals and as a society will determine the future health of our planet. Replacing a single incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb won’t stop global warming, but if all 5.4 million households in New England took this one simple action, we could prevent nearly 8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from going into the atmosphere each year!

Try taking some simple actions at home, on the move, and in your community to help make a positive change for the environment.

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Whenever we drive a car, use electricity, or send trash to a landfill, we add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Try using the EPA’s Online Emissions Calculator to estimate your household’s annual greenhouse gas emissions and find out how simple actions can reduce your impact on the environment.

At Home

  • Let the sunshine in. When possible, turn off lights and use natural daylight instead.

  • Be heat conscious. Install and use programmable thermostats, turn the temperature down in unoccupied spaces in winter, and up in summer.

  • Insulate your home and use efficient furnaces and boilers.

  • Use less water. Take shorter showers, fix a leak, install low-flow faucets and toilets, collect rain to water your plants.

  • Recycle more. Don’t stop at paper, glass, and cans. Recycle electronics like cell phones, TVs, stereos, and even computers.

  • Use less electricity. Replace old appliances with efficient Energy Star models, unplug idle electronics, air dry your laundry during summer.

On the Move

  • Walk, bike, carpool, or take public transportation when possible. See if you can reduce your driving by 10 miles each week.

  • Drive less aggressively. Speed up and slow down more gradually, and coast when possible. You’ll increase your fuel efficiency and decrease your stress level.

  • Maintain proper tire pressure. Under-inflation increases tire wear, reduces fuel economy, and leads to higher emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

  • Fly fewer miles. Airplanes produce enormous quantities of greenhouse gas emissions. Consider taking a train, book direct flights when possible, or eliminate travel with videoconferencing.

In the Community

  • Become a citizen scientist. Help research scientists and government agencies collect important climate change data.

  • Be an active citizen. Let your elected representatives know that climate change is an important issue, and vote accordingly.

  • Spread the word. Tell others about how they can help reduce greenhouse emissions. Small changes can have a big impact if we work together.

  • Find out what others are doing. Search the web or ask your friends and family what actions they’re taking to minimize the impacts of climate change.