What can I do to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are often called greenhouse gases. Many gases exhibit “greenhouse” properties. Some of them occur in nature (water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide), while others are exclusively human-made (like gases used for aerosols). More and more people are becoming concerned about the effects that human-activity gases will make the atmosphere so warm that it could lead to a climate change

Take action right now at home to help reduce greenhouse emissions. Seal leaks in the basement and attic where leaks are greatest. If you replace your windows, choose ENERGY STAR qualified products for better performance.

Use Green Power.  Green power is electricity that is generated from resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro facilities. Conventional electricity generation, based on the combustion of fossil fuels, is the nation's single largest industrial source of air pollution.  

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You can either buy green power or you can take steps to create a greener home, such as installing solar panels.

Be green in the yard. When you use a power mower, make sure it is a mulching mower to reduce grass clippings. Better yet, use an electric mower powered by solar panels. Composting your food and yard waste reduces that amount of garbage you send to landfills, and also reduces your household’s greenhouse emissions.       

Shop with a "green" mentality. Look for products with minimal or no packaging. Avoid individually-wrapped portions and disposable products. Favor a high recycled content. Choose products in reusable containers. Bring your own canvas bag so you don't need paper or plastic. Avoid pump toothpaste which uses too much plastic. Buy quality items that will last a lifetime. You will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but you will also save money in the long run!

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