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Simple Ways to Stop Global Warming

If you are just starting to learn ways you can stop global warming, you can start small, and start immediately. After you have the basics down, you can take it a step further and do even more.

These simple actions are easy ways to stop global warming. You can start today with no investment of additional time or money. Just a few minor changes to make in your everyday life.

Light Switch Turn off Lights, Appliances and Other Items Operated by Electricity When They Aren't in Use - It seems like common sense, but even I have caught myself leaving a room without turning off the light. Pay closer attention to your family's habits. Then become more insistent that items are OFF when not in use. Savings:

1000 pounds of carbon dioxide and $256 per year.
Electrical Outlet

Unplug Appliances and Electric Items When Not in Use - Most people are likely unaware that even when an item is switched off, some current continues to be pulled by the cords. This is especially true of items that have the large AC adapter units incorporated on their cords. This wastes electricity creating more pollution and costing you more money.


1000 pounds of carbon dioxide and $256 per year.


Run Your Dishwasher Only When it is Full - Again, it seems like common sense, but it is also an important step to conserving both water and electricity. Not only does the dishwasher itself run on electricity, but remember that the water has to be heated and causes additional energy consumption. Always run it on the lowest setting possible. There's no need to run a cycle for pots and pans in you have a load of only dishes. And if you have time, and your dishwasher is equipped, allow the load to air dry.


100 pounds of carbon dioxide and $40 per year.


Run Your Washer and Dryer For Full Loads of Laundry Only - Basically the same reasoning as the dishwasher. Use cold water whenever possible and consider allowing your clothes to air dry (it will keep them from shrinking too).


700 pounds of carbon dioxide and $75 per year.

Rubber Ducky Take Shorter Showers - Showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs. Shorten your daily shower (or even skip a day if you can). Savings:

350 pounds of carbon dioxide and $99 per year.
Water Heater Check the Thermostat on Your Water Heater - Keep it at 120° Fahrenheit or below. Not only is this a good idea for environmental reasons, it also helps protect our kids (and even some of us adults) from being scalded by water that is too hot. Savings:

550 pounds of carbon dioxide and $30 per year.
Thermostat Check Your Home Thermostat - Instead of turning up the heat in the winter, wear sweaters and heavier clothing inside so that you can turn it down 2 degrees. Do this along with turning it up 2 degrees in the summer. Savings:

2000 pounds of carbon dioxide and $98 per year.
Tire Keep Your Tires Inflated - Check your car tires each month to ensure they are properly inflated. Under inflated tires wastes gasoline and wears your tires out faster. Savings:

250 pounds of carbon dioxide and $850 per year.
Produce Buy Local Produce - Shop local farmer's markets or check your grocer's shelves for products grown in your area. This reduces transportation requirements to bring these items to your area from other areas of the country or even the world. In addition, buy only seasonal produce to reduce demand for un-seasonable fruit and veggies that are imported from other areas. Savings:

hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide and hundreds of dollars per year.
Car Pool Carpool - To work, to school to the shopping mall. Share a ride with a friend or co-worker and keep unnecessary cars off the road (maybe traffic will improve as well). Savings:

750 pounds of carbon dioxide and hundreds of dollars per year.
Car Keys Be Idle Free - Contrary to popular believe, allowing your car to idle instead of turning off the engine for short stops is NOT better for your vehicle. If your car idles for more than 10 seconds, it is equivalent to the fuel required to restart it. So if you are planning to stop longer than 10 seconds, turn off your engine. So when you are at the drive through window or picking your child up from school, turn off the engine.
Learn more about the myths of idling and letting your car "warm up" in colder weather.

hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide and hundreds of dollars per year.

These facts have been compiled from various sources including the Environmental Protection Agency, The National Resources Defense Center, and The Union of Concerned Scientists. While I make every effort to provide accurate information, I make no warranty or guarantee that the facts presented here are exact. We welcome all polite corrections to our information.

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