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Conserving Energy

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Americans consume a disproportionate amount of the world's energy—but there are lots of ways to conserve energy usage and make a difference for the environment.

Five Easy Things to Do to Conserve Energy

  1. Change the filter in your furnace: Keep heating and cooling systems running efficiently.
  2. Change to fluorescent light bulbs: They use far less energy than incandescent bulbs.
  3. Combine trips: Plan your errands to reduce transportation time.
  4. Lower the temperature on your water heater: You'll still have hot water, but it means the heater uses less energy when you are not using hot water.
  5. Check your car's tire pressure: Poorly inflated tires waste gas and cause more pollution.

Five Decisions That Will Make a Big Difference

  1. Buy a fuel efficient vehicle: Include the fuel economy rating as part of the decision making process.
  2. Buy green power: Go solar and get tax credits for your house or your organization.
  3. Install a programmable thermostat and weather-proof your home: It takes about 10 minutes to install and allows you to save lots of energy costs when you are not home.
  4. Buy less stuff: Everything we buy creates waste and uses energy both in the manufacturing process and after we use it.
  5. Stand up for what's right: Advocate for clean energy and the protection of wildlife from climate change.
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More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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