10 Ways to Support Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency this Holiday Season

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Purchase TRCs as gifts for friends and family. Bonneville Environmental Foundation is offering a holiday gift promotion to encourage people to buy three or more Green Tags as gifts, and the gift recipients will receive a free gift pack from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters (B&B), the first green-powered coffee company in the U.S. For more information on the BEF holiday gift promotion, see: www.greentagsusa.org/GreenTags/holidaygift.cfm. For a full list of Green-e certified TRC marketers, see: www.green-e.org/your_e_choices/trcs.html.
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Purchase green electricity for your own energy consumption, for more information; visit www.green-e.org/your_e_choices/pyp.html and click on your state.
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Support companies that are purchasing green power. Some companies that are using the Green-e logo to promote their purchase are listed at www.green-e.org/your_e_choices/switched.html. EPA's Green Power Partnership provides assistance and recognition to organizations that demonstrate environmental leadership by choosing green power. For a list of companies participating; www.epa.gov/greenpower
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Walk more, drive less. Conventional gasoline-powered vehicles emit high levels of air pollutants and global-warming gases. By using your car less, you can reduce the amount of these pollutants that are released into the air. Some alternatives to driving are walking, biking, taking public transportation, and carpooling
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Inform friends and family about opportunities for purchasing green power. There are many ways to purchase green power, whether your state is regulated or deregulated and whether or not your utility offers a green pricing program. To help friends and family explore their options, tell them to visit: www.green-e.org/your_e_choices/pyp.html.
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Switch light bulbs that are used most frequently to compact fluorescent light bulbs. If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road. For more information, see: www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls.
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Purchase ENERGY STAR products including, TVs, DVD players, telephones, washers, dryers, and more. More than 40 different types of products are eligible for the ENERGY STAR. They use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment. For more information, see: www.energystar.gov/products.
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Write a letter to the editor of your local paper encouraging your neighbors to buy renewable energy or contact your senator or representative to let them know you support progressive renewable energy policies
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Choose holiday lights using light emitting diodes (LEDs). They use one-tenth of the energy of typical mini-lights, and produce less heat, which reduces fire risk. Remember to turn off your holiday lights when you go to bed or put your lights on a timer, so they will automatically turn on and off when you would like.
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Close your fireplace damper after the fire is completely out - Don't send money up the flue!