It seems that everyone has a fix for all,but rarely do they do it. These steps are very attainable.

1. Adjust your water heater. If you lower the thermostat on your hot-water heater from about 145 degrees to 120 degrees, the change isnít likely to be noticeable. This step could save you more than $20 a year if you heat water with gas and more than $50 if your water heater is electric.

2. Upgrade old cooling systems. If you invest in a central air-conditioning unit with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 14 or higher, you could reduce your carbon-dioxide emissions by more than 1,500 pounds a year. If you use a window air-conditioning unit in your home, consider replacing it with a new unit that meets Energy Star qualifications. That step could reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by more than 100 pounds a year. Also, remember to clean the filters in your cooling and heating systems regularly and to seal any leaks in central air-conditioning ducts.

3. Buy a programmable thermostat for your home. They cost between $30 and $100, but thatís money youíre sure to make back over the course of a year because your energy bills will drop. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust your homeís temperature on a predetermined schedule, so you donít unnecessarily waste energy when youíre not home or when youíre sleeping.

4. Donít drive so fast. Driving your vehicle 55 mph instead of 65 mph can improve your mileage by about 15 percent and reduce emissions considerably. Youíll also get better mileage if you avoid quick starts and sudden braking whenever you can, and if you keep your tires properly inflated to the maximum recommended pressure.

5. Watch that idle time. Letting your engine idle for more than 30 seconds will burn more gasoline than restarting the engine, so turn the engine off if you expect a lengthy wait. Instead of idling at a drive-through for several minutes, park the car and go inside.

6. Map out your errands. Do multiple errands on the same morning or afternoon and plan out your trip ahead of time. Consolidate drives to locations that are close to each other. If possible, park your car in one spot and walk when you get there.

7. Take a break from driving. Consider walking, biking, taking a bus or carpooling whenever feasible. And if you have more than one vehicle, drive the one with the best gas mileage whenever you can.

8. Mow your lawn with care. Lawn mower engines donít use a tremendous amount of gasoline, but they create more than their fair share of NOx, a main ingredient in smog. You can avoid emissions altogether by opting for a low-cost manual reel mower.

9. Do laundry efficiently. Horizontal-axis (front-loader) washing machines use far less water and 60 percent less energy than top-loaders. Regardless of the type of machine you own, save energy and money by using cold water instead of warm or hot. Run only full loads when drying clothes, and dry two or more loads in a row to make use of the heat already in the dryer.

10. Think about your refrigerator. Donít locate this particular appliance in direct sunlight or next to the stove or dishwasher. Also, unplug that extra fridge, especially if itís just keeping a six-pack cold.

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