20 Simple Tips to Reduce Global Warming

Vow to take these simple steps suggested by Environmental Defense for a healthier planet.


| January/February 2005



Adjusting the Thermostat

Adjusting your room thermostat to be lower in winter, higher in summer can save you money and help the planet at the same time.

Photo by Fotolia/Mariusz Blach

Whenever you save energy, you reduce demand for fossil fuels, which means lower carbon dioxide emission, the major contributor to global warming. This year, vow to take these simple steps suggested by Environmental Defense for a healthier planet.

1. Use the energy-saving setting to dry dishes—or let them air dry.

2. Wash laundry in warm or cold water, not hot.

3. Turn down your water heater thermostat to about 120 degrees.

4. As you replace appliances, select the most energy-efficient models.

5. Adjust your room thermostat to be lower in winter, higher in summer.





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