The Best Ways to Fight Climate Change At Home

The Best Ways to Fight Climate Change At Home

Adele Peters
Apr 22, 2010

When it comes to the environment, there are a lot of lists out there — 50 things you can do, 100 things you can do, 1000 things you can do — and while it's all useful, we decided to investigate to see what, out of all the things you can do in your home, makes the most difference overall. The focus is climate change, since that's something we need to solve as quickly as possible. It turns out that 38% of the carbon emissions in the U.S. come directly from households. While politicians debate the best policies to create, we can take action right away.

Last fall, researchers writing for Environment Magazine calculated how households could potentially save 58% of the energy they use by taking 17 actions. If you're reading Re-Nest, the good news is you've probably already done many of these things. If you live in a city and don't use a car, you're ahead of the game. For people that do drive, the steps are simple: carpool, get frequent tuneups, combine errand trips, drive slower, and maintain the correct tire pressure. To really make a difference, get a fuel-efficient car and low-resistance tires.

Inside your house or apartment, switch to compact fluorescent bulbs (or LEDs), keep the thermostat no higher than 68 degrees (if it's cold out) or no lower than 78 degrees (if it's hot). Wash your clothes with cold water. If you own your home, you can install weatherproofing and attic insulation and ventilation. The article has a few more tips for homeowners who want to go even farther.

Almost all of these steps are easy to take without radically changing your lifestyle. If you know someone who wants to make a difference but doesn't know where to start, pass this on!

Read the full article here.

(Image: Paris Apartment)

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