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10 Tips for Helping to Fight Against Global Warming

By Jacqueline Adams | May 8, 2006
You can help fight global warming by following 10 steps.
You can help fight global warming by following 10 steps.

There are simple ways that you can reduce the amount of energy you use each day. Most energy is created by burning fossil fuels like oil and gasoline. This process releases heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide, which is thought to be a major culprit in global warming.

You can help to reduce the emissions of these gases by following these 10 steps.

1. Walk or ride your bike to school or the mall instead of asking for a ride. Every gallon of gasoline burned releases roughly 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.

2. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

3. When possible, replace traditional light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs use less energy to provide the same amount of light.

4. Unplug your cell phone charger when you are not using it. Chargers continue to use energy as long as they are plugged in.

5. Towel- or air-dry your hair instead of using an electric hair dryer.

6. Wait until you have a full load of dirty clothes before doing your laundry. It takes energy to heat water, so wash your clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot.

7. Be sure to regularly clean the lint trap in the dryer after each load of laundry. When the trap is dirty, it takes longer to dry clothes and therefore uses more energy.

8. In the summer, close window shades to keep the sun from heating up the house.

9. Put on a sweater when you are cold instead of asking for the heat to be turned up. Each year in the U.S., heating and cooling systems release over a half billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

10. Spread the word! Share energy-saving advice with friends and family.

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