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Reduce your carbon footprint and help reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Carbon Footprint Calculator will give your organization a way to measure your sustainability plan for the future. Simply download the Excel file, save it to your computer, and fill it in. The copy you download will be your company's file.

Here are several simple things you can do to reduce pollution, save our environment and save money:  

 Change a Light  
Every light changed is a step in the right direction. If every American home replaced just one light bulb or fixture with an ENERGY STAR, every year we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes, more than $600 million in energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. When individuals act together as a community, we can make a difference in the fight against global warming. Take the pledge and join us by clicking this link,  ENERGY STAR Change a Light Pledge. Why stop at just one, change the five most used bulbs in your home and help make a difference.
 
 Use Less Hot Water 
A lot of energy is used to heat water.  By installing low flow shower heads and faucets, using cold or warm water to do laundry, running the dishwasher only when full and turning the water heater setting down, you can reduce energy usage and save money.
 
 Adjust Your Thermostat  
Moving your thermostat down by 2 degrees in winter and up by 2 degrees in summer would save about 2000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.  By installing a programable thermostat and having a larger offset when you are not home could save even more.
 
 Plant a Tree 
On average, a single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.  If located on the south and west side of your home, a deciduous tree will help cool your home in the summer with shade.
 
 Conserve Electricity  
Pull the plug on all those chargers when they are not in use, they are still consuming energy. Turn off electronic devices (televisions, DVD player, stereo, computers, etc.) when you are not using them and save thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide each year.  Buy Energy Star products as you replace household goods and appliances.
 
 Buy Local  
Shipping products to retail stores consumes large amounts of fuel and energy.  Buying local products from close to home is sustainable in several ways.  Also try to avoid products with a lot of packaging to reduce what goes to our landfills.

For more information on climate change visit the US EPA web page at www.epa.gov/climatechange/index.html. 

For additional energy efficiency tips for homeowners visit the Energy Star Home Advisor at http://www.energystar.gov/homeadvisor. 

For information on The Climate Registry visit their web page at www.theclimateregistry.org .


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