6 Earth Day Activities That Will Actually Make a Difference
3. GIVE YOUR HOME AN ENERGY UPGRADE
The USGBC states that our built environment accounts for a whopping 40 percent of global carbon emissions, and much of those emissions are produced in the service of interior heating, cooling, and lighting. The best way to cut this carbon load is to make our buildings more energy-efficient — the process often involves renovations and investment in your home, but it can save you a bundle on utility bills in the long run. Start with an energy audit and then check out our Green Home Experts Series for a wealth of eco tips – from setting up smart energy systems to improving your interior to upgrading your windows.
4. GREEN YOUR RIDE
According to the EPA, the average passenger vehicle produces 5.2 metric tons of CO2 every year, and the transportation sector accounts for 27 percent of America’s greenhouse gas emissions. One way to cut this figure down is to kick car culture to the curb and walk or ride a bicycle whenever possible. If you don’t have a bike and you want one, you’re in luck – today Inhabitat is giving away an awesome Linus Bicycle to the reader who comes up with the best Earth Day resolution!
If you live far from your work then consider carpooling or taking public transportation. Car sharing networks like Zipcar and Autolib are also taking off around the world, so check to see if any serve your community.
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