Monday, May 7, 2007

Green Power for a Cool Planet

Choose Green Power for a Cooler Planet

Perhaps the single biggest way individuals can help dial back global warming is through the power we use to light, heat and cool our homes. The burning of fossil fuels to produce electricity is responsible for about 40% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

What to do?

Easy steps such as turning off lights and air conditioners when we’re not using a room will also save money on our electric bills. In addition, in some states, consumers can now choose green power through their utilities. And most of us want to! Three-quarters of Americans are willing to pay more for energy produced by renewable sources such as solar or wind, according to a New York Times/CBS news poll released in April.

In green power states, utilities provide lists of green sources to choose from on your utility bill. For options in your state, go to

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