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Climate change is a serious threat to the health and welfare of American families.  EPA is taking common-sense action to reduce carbon pollution and promote a cleaner energy economy. Meanwhile, many families, communities, businesses, and states are taking action to reduce carbon pollution. 

We've created 30 tips to help you act on climate. Help us spread the word! Share these tips below with your friends and family on social media using the #ActOnClimate hashtag.

Together, let's all commit ourselves to act on climate. Estos consejos en español.

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Change five lights

Replace your five most frequently used light bulbs with Energy Star qualified products, and you will reduce carbon pollution while saving $75 a year on energy bills.

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Choose WaterSense

WaterSense products are approximately 20% more water efficient than their counterparts. Conserving water conserves energy and reduces carbon pollution.

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Recycle

Recycling helps conserve energy and reduces carbon pollution.

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Drive smart

Improving your fuel economy prevents carbon pollution and saves you money at the pump.

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Caulk entrances

Homeowners can prevent carbon pollution and save up to $200 a year in heating and cooling costs and by air sealing their homes and adding insulation.

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Take the Energy Star pledge

Start with Energy Star to save energy and act on climate!

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Power down

U.S. households spend $100 per year to power devices not in use. Power down to reduce carbon pollution and save money.

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Reduce your carbon footprint

Calculate your household's carbon footprint & get tips on reducing carbon pollution.

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Take a shower

Taking a shower uses much less water than filling up a bathtub. Conserving water conserves energy and reduces carbon pollution.

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eCycle

Donating or recycling used electronics conserves our natural resources, prevents air and water pollution, and reduces carbon pollution associated with manufacturing.

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Maintain your car

A well-maintained car is more fuel-efficient, produces less carbon pollution, is more reliable, and keeps you safe!

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WaterSense showers

If every home in the United States replaced existing shower heads with WaterSense-labeled models, we could save more than 2.2 billion in water utility bills, prevent carbon pollution and save more than 260 billion gallons of water annually.

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Think life cycle

42% of carbon pollution emissions in the U.S. are associated with the energy used to produce, process, transport, and dispose of the food we eat and the goods we use. Learn how to reduce your impact at every stage of the life cycle

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Use smart thermostats

Heat and cool smartly to reduce your bills and carbon pollution. A programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.

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Fill your dishwasher

This can prevent 100 pounds of carbon pollution and save you $40 per year on your water bill.

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Fix a leak

Conserving water conserves energy and reduces carbon pollution. The average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.

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Reduce food waste

13% of carbon pollution emissions in the United States are associated with growing, manufacturing, transporting, and disposing of food. By reducing the amount of food we waste, we can reduce carbon pollution.

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Check tire pressure

Check your tire pressure regularly. Under-inflation increases tire wear, reduces your fuel economy, and leads to higher carbon pollution emissions.

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Clean HVAC area

Airflow problems can add to carbon pollution and reduce your system's efficiency by up to 15%.

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Save energy at home

Check out Energy Star's Save Energy at Home tool to save money and reduce carbon pollution.

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Reuse

Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy that contribute to carbon pollution. Instead of discarding unwanted appliances, tools, or clothes, try selling or donating them.

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Spread the word

One of the most powerful things you can do is educate yourself about climate change and talk to your friends and neighbors about the challenge we face. Tell friends to visit epa.gov/earthday to learn more about reducing carbon pollution.

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Turn off the tap

Just by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and before bedtime can save up to 8 gallons of water. Conserving water conserves energy and reduces carbon pollution.

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Compost

Composting your food and yard waste reduces the amount of garbage that you send to landfills and reduces carbon pollution.

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Give your car a break

Use public transportation, carpool or walk or bike whenever possible to avoid using your car. Leaving your car at home just two days a week can reduce carbon pollution by an average of two tons per year.

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Insulate water heaters

If you have an older water heater, you save energy and prevent carbon pollution by wrapping your electric water heater with an insulating jacket and save more than $30 per year on utility bills.

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Change HVAC filters

The average home spends $2,000 per year on utility bills, nearly half going to heating and cooling. Clean air filters help your system run more efficiently and reduce carbon pollution.

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Plug into power strips

Powering devices while they are in a low power accounts for more than $11 billion in annual US energy costs! Using a power strip for your computer and all peripheral equipment allows you to completely disconnect the power supply from the power source, eliminating standby power consumption and reducing carbon pollution.

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Try the Energy Star online home advisor

With recommendations from Energy Star, you can save as much as 20% annually on your energy bills while preventing carbon pollution.

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Wash efficiently

Try washing your clothes in cold water – this is an easy way to save energy and prevent carbon pollution. Hot water heating accounts for about 90% of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes — only 10% goes to electricity used by the washer motor.

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