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~Flexyourpower.com says that if all 92 million households in California replaced their hot water heaters with an energy efficient model, it would be like taking 250,000 cars off the road. If that is true, think if how much more of an impact we can make by replacing our hot water heaters with tankless models. The tankless models only heat the water at the moment it runs through, and do not waste energy (and impact the environment) by heating up water when it is not in use.

~”Plug” with your local Congresspeople to offer tax incentives to employers and employees who telecommute. Write letters to the editor “plugging” For this cause.

~Businesses and homes alike can use motion detector lights for safety instead of having lights on constantly to protect the buildings.

~Use solar lights to light up your yard instead of regular lights. It’s a great feeling to know that you will have zero added utilities to pay as you use the lights, plus it’s a great feeling to know that you are helping the environment.

~Fuel up your car when the gas gauge is at the half-full mark, not when it is lower than that. Fuel consumption increases dramatically below half a tank. This will save fuel costs while also saving the environment.

~If you have cruise control in your car, use it. It saves a lot of gas. Whether you have cruise control or not, coast your car as much as you can. Keep your car well tuned-up. This will save the environment and your gas bill.

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~Look around you: Most cars on the American roads have only one occupant, the driver. Carpool. Start a local vanpool shuttle in your area. Better yet, do a vanpool using a hybrid (Ford has come out with a hybrid mini-van, and Toyota will be coming out with one within a year, said my local Toyota dealer).

~My Prius has saved me enormously in gas. I tank up twice a month instead of weekly now, and to boot the number of gallons in my tank are fewer than in the Corolla I had previously. I get about 42-45 miles per gallon in my Prius, plus the knowledge that the gas engine clicks off when idling in traffic or at a stop sign is comforting: No environmental impact! The quiet is nerve therapy. Considering how much gas costs are going up, the gas savings when buying a Prius are a partial off-set to the cost of the car. My Toyota dealer (who is one of the very few who is absolutely honest) says that he has seen MOST Priuses go for 250,000 miles before they break down. They are fantastic cars, he says.

~If companies can come out with air filters which are capable of filtering chemical pollutants to the extent of satisfying the needs of environmentally ill patients, why can’t a company come up with a smog filtration device that filters the CO2 out of tailpipe emissions? Please pass this on! It needs to be done.

~As much as possible, purchase goods and foods which are manufactured/grown locally, within 200 miles of your area. That reduces shipping and therefore environmental impact.

~Write letters to the editor sharing these tips plus those of your own.

Please add to this list of things we can do! Thanks so much!

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