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* The electricity we use in our homes accounts for as much as 21 percent of global warming pollution. 
* Driving cars and trucks also adds a significant amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. 

To cut these numbers significantly each of us can make some easy and inexpensive changes

Each Of Us Can Make A Difference


Become a Global Warming Warrior and help to Save The Planet

Here are some things Global Warming Warriors are already doing to conserve energy.

Andrea knows that itís simple to exchange regular incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs).  Her Mom argued that they cost more money and donít give off the same quality of light.  Andrea said,  ďMom, chill the planet down!  These bulbs last 10 times longer and use a fraction of the electricity. Youíll get your money back, and help save the planet.  Yeah, the light might be different but donít you think itís worth it?Ē  
Andrea convinced her parents to change all the outside, basements and hall lights.  How many can you change?  
Darron and his Dad have checked both of their toilets for leaks They read that a leaky toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water a day.  With his Dadís help Darron put a little red food coloring into the back of both of their toilet tanks.  Then they waited for 15 minutes to see if without flushing the color appears in the bowl.  If that had happened they would have known they had a leaky toilet.  Together they learned that both of their toilets were leak free.  If there had been a leak Darronís Dad would have called the plumber to stop it.  This would save on both the use of water and on their water bill.  You could do this test too.
Turn off the faucet.  Maria has shared this idea with her mother.  They realized that gallons of water are wasted daily while people wash dishes, clean vegetables, shave and brush their teeth.  Mariaís family has discovered there are many different ways they can conserve on water.  
How could you conserve on water?
Another way Maria has learned to conserve is to only request a glass of water in a restaurant if she plans to drink it. In a restaurant each glass of water that is brought to your table requires another two glasses of water to wash and rinse that one glass. Maria was shocked to read that approximately 70 million meals are served each day in U.S. restaurants. If one out of every four patrons declined their glass of water, that would save millions of gallons of water per day.
Only accept a glass of water in a restaurant if you will drink it.

Molly helps both of her parents remember to go the speed limit while driving. She learned that in highway travel, going as little as 5 mph over the speed limit can result in a 6 percent loss of fuel economy.  Mollyís parents both like fighting global warming and saving money on gasoline at the very same time.
Do you have an eagle eye when it comes to your family Ďs speedometer.

Alex was on the Internet and learned that when his mother is picking him up after karate class she should keep her car running. Don't keep your car in idle.  If you are stopping for more than ten seconds and itís safe, turn off the engine.  Making this small change will save on global warming pollution. 
Can you spread the word on this easy way to conserve on energy?

Poojaís mom has figured out how to combine her car trips. She waits to run her errands all at the same time instead of making separate trips. If she can cut 20 miles out of her schedule each week she can reduce her global warming pollution by more than 1,200 pounds a year.  This is also saving additional money on gasoline. 
Can you change your schedule to help your mom combine her errands?  

Benís mother was interested to learn that she could save on global warming pollution if she used the energy saver cycle on her dishwasher. She has been trying to save the planet for years by reminding the rest of her family to only run it when itís full.
Are you on board with this energy saving action?


All the Global Warming Warriors are working very hard to remember to always turn off lights when leaving the room.  Each of them convinced their parents to replace at least three regular light bulbs with Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).  Toddís Dad was very impressed when he learned that a CFL uses 75 percent less energy and lasts up to 10 times longer. Toddís Dad just loves saving money while saving the planet. 
Have you changes your light bulbs yet?

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