Reduce your energy consumption © Chris Pritchard Making your home more energy efficient can help reduce high energy bills while reducing fossil fuel emissions. Energy-efficient appliances options, such as those that have been certified by ENERGY STAR in the United States, have met energy-efficiency requirements established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ENERGY STAR program has international partners , including Canada, the European Union and Japan. Don’t forget to also use these appliances efficiently: Set your refrigerator temperature at 3 to 5 degrees Celsius (38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit) Set your freezer between -18 and -15 degrees Celsius (0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit). Wash only full loads in your dish and clothes washers, and air dry when possible. Unplug the appliances when you’re not using them. © Trailnet Car shares and bike lanes continue to pop up in cities around the world, and for good reason: If American drivers made one 4-mile round trip each week with a bicycle instead of a car, they would save 7 billion liters (2 billion gallons) of gasoline. If biking is not an option, use public transit or carpool with co-workers to take advantage of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. If you […]

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