Energy and Global Climate Change in New England
What You Can Do
You release greenhouse gases as a result of using energy to drive, using electricity to light, heat and cool your home, and through other activities that support our quality of life like growing food, raising livestock and throwing away garbage. Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced through simple measures like changing light bulbs and properly inflating your tires. The sites below provide information and resources to help you reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, help increase the nation's energy independence and save money.
Use energy more efficiently
Given the impact of energy usage on our environment, the easiest way to have a positive impact is to use less energy in your home or your business. Smarter energy usage results in less air and water pollution AND saves money. Whether you are a homeowner or responsible for millions of square feet of building space, EPA's Energy Star program offers ways to reduce energy usage including:
- Tools to measure and track energy usage
- New building strategies
- Product certification
- Home renovation strategies
The New England Carbon Challenge - reduce your household's carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 pounds per year. It won't require huge lifestyle changes...Clean Air Cool Planet and the University of New Hampshire will show you how.
Community Energy Challenge
Cities and towns across New England can save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing energy consumption in public buildings, schools, and wastewater treatment facilities. To learn more about how municipalities can save energy, visit EPA New England's Community Energy Challenge web page.
Take the Change the World Challenge
Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR is a national campaign from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encouraging all Americans to join with millions of others and take small steps that make a big difference in the fight against global warming. The department of Energy has developed a tool to estimate the costs and effectiveness of wind or solar on your property. See the In My Backyard (IMBY) tool for more information.
Compare Your Home’s Energy Performance
You can use the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick to
- See how your energy use at home compares to other U.S. households.
- Find out how much you can save by improving your home's energy efficiency.
- Link to other resources that can help improve your home's energy performance
You will need to enter some common information about your home such as age, square footage, number of occupants and energy bill totals for a consecutive 12-month period (one year). If you do not have your bills, contact your utility for a 12-month summary.
Make Your Next Home a Green Home
Through ENERGY STAR qualified homes and the ENERGY STAR Indoor Air Package, homebuyers can address two critical green home elements. Then, look to the wide variety of available green home programs to complete the picture with water-efficient products, renewable energy technologies, waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable land development practices. Find out more about Green Homes with ENERGY STAR.
Make Your Next Vehicle a Green One
EPA's Green Vehicle Guide - Choose the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. Low emissions and good fuel economy are both important for the environment. For additional information on transportation visit our Transportation & Fuels page which includes information on car-free alternatives, diesel exhaust, fuel economy, vehicle recalls, the SmartWay Transport Partnership and the Best Workplaces for Commuters program.
Use cleaner sources of energy
Green Power Purchases: In New England, most electricity consumers have choices about where their power comes from. For instance, a consumer can choose a supplier that guarantees that their electricity comes from only renewable resources such as wind and solar.
Larger organizations that choose such an option may be eligible to participate in EPA's Green Power Partnership.
Onsite Systems: Alternatively, consumers can install onsite renewable systems to meet all or some of their electric demand. Examples include rooftop solar panels and small wind turbines.
Students & Kids
Climate Change Kids Site - Great site that explains what climate change is, what we can do to help with cool games and a climate detective section.
Our campaign handouts for K-12 schools and universities provide ideas for involvement. Visit ENERGY STAR Students to see how you can educate tomorrow’s leaders, giving them the knowledge they need to better understand energy and climate change. Kids, you can be an energy star! Visit ENERGY STAR Kids.