Earlier this year, Conservation Magazine published a short article called Change Does Begin At Home, which referenced some research from a team centered at Michigan State University. The key takeaway of the article was this:

The researchers found that, by taking 17 steps that would result in “little or no reduction in household well-being,” U.S. consumers could reduce the country’s greenhouse-gas emissions by more than seven percent.

If that doesn’t seem like much, consider that this is equivalent to the total emissions of France.

The 17 steps are shown below, a list that will look familiar to those who have taken our 10% Challenge. If you haven’t taken the Challenge, and want to help achieve that 7% greenhouse-gas reduction, click here to go to the 10% Challenge page. It takes very little time, and will help you make a positive impact!

Here are the 17 steps from the study:

  • Weatherization
  • HVAC equipment
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Efficient water heater
  • Appliances
  • Low rolling resistance tires
  • Fuel-efficient vehicle
  • Change HVAC air filters
  • Tune up AC
  • Routine auto maintenance
  • Laundry temperature
  • Water heater temperature
  • Standby electricity
  • Thermostat setbacks
  • Line drying
  • Driving behavior
  • Carpooling and trip-chaining

A full table of these steps, along with the carbon impact, is available on the National Academy of Sciences web site.

Change Does Begin At Home | Conservation Magazine

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