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The First Step

Dear Friends and Family-
    As many of you know i want to make a difference in our world as part of my career. I would love to work for the EPA (environmental protection agency) but i have a long way to go before i get there. In the meantime i spend hours researching on how to live a greener life, with simple steps we can all do. America is very ignorant in believing that that one person CAN NOT change the whole globe– WRONG, you’d be surprised on how much impact one person can have on our environment. So what i am going to do is send out a weekly email filled with fun facts, and simple steps you can take without effort ( and i know you all love that) to make a difference in the world we live in. Enjoy!
1) Replace five incandescent light bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent: Swapping those 75-watt incandescents with 19-watt CFLs can cut 275 pounds of CO2.
2) Instead of short haul flights of 500 miles or so, take the train and bypass 310 pounds of CO2.
3) Sure it may be hot, but get a fan, set your thermostat to 75 degrees and blow away 363 pounds of CO2.
4) Replace refrigerators more than 10 years old with today’s more energy-efficient Energy Star models and save more than 500 pounds of CO2.
5) Shave your eight-minute shower to five minutes for a savings of 513 pounds.
6) Caulk, weatherstrip and insulate your home. If you rely on natural gas heating, you’ll stop 639 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere (472 pounds for electric heating). And this summer, you’ll save 226 pounds from AC use.
7) Whenever possible, dry your clothes on a line outside or a rack indoors. If you air dry half your loads, you’ll dispense with 723 pounds of CO2.
8) Trim down on the red meat. Since it takes more fossil fuels to produce red meat than fish, eggs and poultry, switching to these foods will slim your CO2 emissions by 950 pounds.
9) Leave the car at home and take public transportation to work. Taking the average U.S. commute of twelve miles by light rail will leave you 1,366 pounds of CO2 lighter than driving. The standard, diesel-powered city bus can save 804 pounds, while heavy rail subway users save 288.
10) Finally, support the creation of wind, solar and other renewable energy facilities by choosing green power if offered by your utility. To find a green power program in your state, call your local utility or visit U.S. Department of Energy’s Green Power Markets page. See also our Green Power Utilities Product Report.
Please don’t send this to spam. It would mean the world to me if you would at least do one thing on this list. Its so easy, and it will be well worth it, you’ll see 🙂
Thanks to all,
Erica Stephanie Leznik


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