(BPT) - You've probably heard a lot about climate change, but it can be difficult to know what you can do to help. As one person, you do have the power to make a positive impact on the health of the planet and a great place to start is by looking at the energy choices you make at home.
Communities around the country have begun the transition to a clean energy future. More and more of the electricity used is being generated from clean, renewable sources instead of fossil fuels, which pollute the air and contribute to climate change.
Protecting the planet is important, not just on Earth Day, but every day. You and your family can be part of the solution by using energy wisely. Make a plan to make your energy choices count, and you can feel good about supporting a healthier climate and saving money on your energy bills.
Here are three big-impact energy steps to consider:
1. Save energy with ENERGY STAR
Products that earn the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to save energy and help protect the climate. Using less energy saves you money on household energy bills, while reducing your overall carbon footprint. By being more efficient and making choices to use less energy, you're helping support a complete transition to clean, renewable energy.
2. Switch to green power
By choosing to use electricity generated by renewables such as wind and solar instead of polluting fossil fuels, you will be supporting a cleaner energy supply and making a difference in the fight against climate change. Take advantage of opportunities in your community to choose green power as the energy source for your home.
3. Be part of the clean energy future
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently launched the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade, an initiative that guides homeowners through a series of high-impact, energy-efficient improvements for the home that can save the average family about $500 a year on utility bills. You can choose the improvements that make the most sense for your home and implement them at your own pace. The upgrade includes:
- Clean and efficient heating and cooling with a certified air source heat pump
- Super-efficient hot water with a certified heat pump water heater
- Smart climate controls with a certified smart thermostat
- High-performing Energy Star certified windows and storm windows
- A well-insulated and sealed attic
- Making your home electric vehicle charger ready
Taking these steps will help you make high-impact choices to improve your home and the health of the planet. They can also help you transition from fossil fuels to a cleaner, healthier and more comfortable home. Learn more at EnergyStar.gov/EarthDay.