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Climate Change: Perhaps one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time, the climate crisis is requiring us to rethink how we live our lives. While many of our activities contribute to climate change, energy use accounts for about three-quarters of global GHG emissions. In Colorado, 85% of emissions are from our buildings, transportation and industry. So what can you do? Below are a few tips that can help you reduce your own carbon footprint.
Carbon Footprint: All of us are responsible for adding carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. There are many websites you can use to calculate your carbon footprint that also offer suggestions on how to reduce it, such as meatless Mondays, taking public transportation, or riding a bike when possible instead of using a car. We all have a part to play in the fight against Climate Change. And the good thing is it improves our air quality at the same time so fewer Ozone alerts and fewer lost school and work days due to pollution-linked health problems.
Home Energy Use: There are many ways to make your energy use at home more sustainable and save money. From energy audits to using renewable energy like solar, we can all reduce our carbon footprint and help Earth.
- Home Energy Efficiency:
- Conserve electricity by upgrading your lights to LEDs, unplugging unnecessary appliances, turning off lights, and raising or lowering the temperature set point on your thermostat. Want to know which appliances are using the most energy? Consider purchasing a watt meter to measure your plug loads when appliances are on and off. Or check with your local library, many have watt meters to check out.
- The U.S. Department of Energy has guidelines on how to do your own energy audit.
- Energy Resource Center provides no-cost energy audits and improvements to low-income residents that qualify.
- The Xcel Energy Home Efficiency Resource page includes many resources to make your home more efficient and includes rebate opportunities for equipment and audits!
- The U.S. Green Building Council provides information on how to green your home learning and office space.
- Many private companies in Denver provide Energy Audits, just search on the internet
- Energy bill assistance: Energy Outreach Colorado can help you make ends meet and keep the power on when times are tough.
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- Renewable Electricity:
Plant Trees: While we need to reduce our emissions, we also need to ensure we are pulling carbon out of the atmosphere. Protecting, restoring, and expanding our tree cover is vital.
Transportation: Check out our Transportation tab for ideas on how to make your next trip more sustainable.