With Earth Day upon us, many of you may be wondering what you can do to help protect our environment. Maybe you feel like you’ve already done everything you can, or maybe the prospect of making your homemore energy efficient seems daunting. Fortunately, no matter where you are on the spectrum, ENERGY STAR is here to help.
This Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing “ENERGY STAR’s Across America” a nationwide, grassroots effort to help families learn about energy saving actions they can take in their homes and communities that will help protect the climate.
There are lots of ways to get involved:
* Join the 2.7 million Americans who have taken the ENERGY STAR Pledge at EnergyStar Change The World.
* Find energy efficiency events near you with EPA’s ENERGY STAR’s Across America map. These events — featuring everything from light bulb exchanges to community service projects — provide opportunities for the whole family to learn about ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency in a fun and engaging way.
* Enter the Be an ENERGY STAR Video Challenge. Pick up your video camera and document how you save energy in your home, school, workplace and community. Selected videos will be featured on energystar.gov and ENERGY STAR social media sites.
This fall, ENERGY STAR’s online audience will vote for their favorite videos to be showcased in ENERGY STAR’s Energy Awareness Month video in October. Check out the first video and enter the challenge atwww.energystar.gov/changetheworld.
Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $18 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissionsequivalent to those of 33 million vehicles. These are pretty impressive statistics, but that doesn’t mean we can?t make 2011 even bigger and better!.