Even though many people still argue about global warming, one fact is clear. Temperatures all over the world are heating up and climate change is upon us whether we believe it or not. In order to start making progress in green climate change, each one of us needs to take responsibility and do our part to make a difference.
It is actually quite easy to start a green climate change program in your home. The smallest steps you take can have a big impact on the environment and can actually save you money every year on energy costs. By reducing your reliance on fossil fuels, you are doing your part to institute green climate change as painlessly as possible.
First, let's focus on your car. If you don't have a fuel efficient vehicle it is definitely time to think about making an upgrade. Newer models usually get at least 30 mpg, and hybrid cars perform even better. As gas prices continue to go up, it only makes sense to get the most fuel efficient vehicle you can. If you have to drive a large truck or SUV, you can do your part by limiting your driving and employing smart fuel conservation tactics.
Next, we'll move on to your home. One of the best ways to save money and reduce your reliance on fuel is to properly winterize your home. Take the time to replace the weather stripping around your doors and seal your windows with window kits in the fall. You'll be enacting green climate change in just a few steps. You can reduce your home heating costs by 10% simply by having good weather stripping on your doors.
If you have an antiquated furnace powered by heating oil or propane, now is definitely the time to replace it. New models operate at 97% efficiency and can greatly reduce the amount of fuel needed to operate them each month. Old furnaces are the most common culprit when it comes to wasting energy and you can more than make up the price of a new model simply by what you'll save in fuel costs.
You can also enact green climate change in little ways around your home. Turn the lights off when you leave the room and take quicker showers. Some of the simplest water preservation techniques can save the average family 11,000 gallons of water every month. If you install a solar powered hot water heater, you can make an even bigger difference in your home. When you shop, use a cloth bag or request paper sacks to recycle instead of using plastic. Those nasty bags take up the majority of landfill space throughout the world and are quickly becoming the number one problem in green climate change.