Taking Action in Your Backyard Improve your energy efficiency

One of the best ways to lessen your contribution to global warming pollution is to use more energy-efficient products and reduce your household's electricity and gasoline consumption. In your backyard alone, there are a number of actions you can take: • Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. If every American household replaced just one regular incandescent light bulb, either outside or in, with an Energy Star®—rated compact fluorescent bulb, it would prevent more than

11.5 billion pounds of CO2 emissions—enough pollution equivalent to removing nearly a million cars from the road.2

Install outdoor automatic light timers. Installing a timer can cut your outdoor lighting energy use by up to half. You won't have to remember to turn your outdoor lights on in the evening and off during the day. Or consider using motion detectors that switch on automatically when people or wildlife move close to them and switch off after a few minutes.3

Purchase solar-powered garden products. There are a number of solar-powered lights and fountains available that recharge each day and don't require the installation of extensive wiring throughout your garden beds. You can also install solar panels to provide power for your garden shed or garage.

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