There are indications that global warming could be affected by human activity on Earth. Here are some tips to help YOU conserve energy and slow the process:
Tune in to the FNC special, "The Heat is On: The Case of Global Warming," Sunday, November 13 at 8pm and 11pm ET.
In Your Home
• Run your dishwasher only when it's full.
• Wash your laundry in warm or cold water, never hot.
• Move your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in summer.
• Set your water heater to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
• If your water heater is over five years old, wrap it in an insulating jacket.
• Clean and replace air conditioning filters to reduce energy consumption up to 5%.
• Replace standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
• Turn off lights and appliances when they aren't being used. Also, unplug cell phone chargers and other electronics from the wall (even when not in use!) — anything plugged into the wall uses energy!
• Caulk and weather strip around doors and windows.
• Install low-flow showerheads in order to use less hot water.
• Take shorter showers.
• Insulate walls and ceilings.
• Buy windows, appliances, and homes with the Energy Star label.
• Buy minimally packaged goods, and recycle where possible.
• Choose a utility company that does not produce energy from pollutants like fossil fuels.
• Get a home energy audit.
• Paint your home a light color if you live in a warm climate, or a dark color if you live in a cold climate. Also, use latex paint rather than oil for less harmful fumes.
• Defrost your freezer — it won't work as hard.
• Regularly clean all heating ducts.
• Use motion detector lights outside your home.
• Plant trees outside your home to provide shade and carbon storage.
• Use a composting lawnmower or a push mower.
On the Road
• Encourage your local government to improve streetlights with energy-efficient bulbs.
• Keep your car tuned up and your tires properly inflated.
• Carpool whenever possible.
• Telecommute, if possible.
• Use mass transit, or walk!
• Buy a fuel-efficient car (one that gets at least 30 miles per gallon), or a hybrid model.
• Observe the speed limit.
• Remove excess weight from your vehicle.
• Avoid excessive idling.
• Use cruise control and overdrive gears.
Stop Global Warming
Environmental Protection Agency
Natural Resources Defense Council — Global Warming Links
Sierra Club's Global Warming Website
TIME: The Effects of Global Warming