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Save the Earth — Energy and Driving Tips

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use a lot less energy than regular lightblubs JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use a lot less energy than regular lightblubs JGI/JAMIE GRILL/GETTY IMAGES

Change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) last 10 times longer than a standard bulband use at least two-thirds less energy. If you’re shopping for new appliances or even home electronics, look for ENERGY STAR products, which have met EPA and U.S. Department of Energy guidelines for energy efficiency. As of December 2013, ENERGY STAR had helped families and businesses to save an estimated $295 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.3 billion tons (2.1 billion metric tons) of greenhouse gas emissions from being released over the past two decades [source: ENERGY STAR]. (Learn more about proper disposal of CFLs.)

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