Ways To Go Green

Combination of 3 pages: Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Gren Your Lifestyle ad Ways to Go Green

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Energy efficiency and conservation are the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce your energy consumption. New technologies can reduce power in our buildings, can light streets, and can help industries in order to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, or develop better habits on how to simply use less energy.

The Federal Government and the State of Maryland offer various incentives to convert to energy-efficient technologies.   The EnergyStar program offers guidelines to help consumers choose the most efficient appliances, heating/cooling systems, home electronics, light fixtures, and office equipment that are available on the market

 

Want to green your lifestyle? Learn how here!

Clean Vehicles

Clean vehicles include hybrid cars, which use a combination of gas and battery power.  Increasing fuel economy standards is crucial to cut our dependence on oil and effectively curb global warming.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Energy efficiency and conservation are the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce your energy consumption.   New technologies can reduce power in our buildings, light streets, and industries and reduce our consumption of fossil fuels.  Or develop better habits on how to simply use less.

Renewable Energies

Fossil energies are non-renewable, polluting, and limited.  Renewable energies offer a cleaner sustainable energy path, but it requires initiatives to move us from our current path.  Solar, wind and geothermal are just a few of the options out there.   

Solar energy is becoming easier and cheaper.  Learn about Sierra Club's Solar Roof Project

The Federal Government and Maryland State offer tax credit or tax deduction to encourage people to buy renewable energy

Wind energy is rising fast and could supply up to 12% of the world's energy by 2050!
  To learn more about wind energy in Maryland, click here.

Geothermal energy: Use the EARTH to cool your house in summer and heat it up in winter.

U.S. Department of Energy has detailed information about the different geothermal techniques and current issues in the field. Click here to start heating and cooling your house with geothermal power.

Green Buildings

Green buildings use a combination of renewable energy and energy-efficient design to reduce energy usage.  The Green Building Council  has established a rating system called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to provide builders with green guidelines/standards to help developers build efficient buildings or revamp old ones. 

 The website of Build it Green has lots of info on green building, including sustainable building materials and life-cycle costing tools.

 

Want to Green your Lifestyle? Learn How Here!

 Clean Vehicles
 Energy Efficiency
 Renewable Energies
 Green Buildings
 Urban Forest
 

Clean Vehicles

Clean vehicles include hybrids, which use a combination of gas and battery power. Increasing fuel economy standards is crucial to cutting our dependence on oil and effectively curbing global warming!

 Click here to learn how hybrids work!

 Join the Evolution: work to increase our use of hybrid cars! Join the "I Will Evolve" campaign with the Sierra Club today!

 Save money: hybrids receive Federal and Maryland State incentives...plus, you spend less on gas!

 Curious about your elected officials' actions on global warming? Find out at Congressional Votewatch.

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Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency : using better technology to power buildings, light streets, and industries and reduce our consumption of fossil fuels. 

The Federal Government and the State of Maryland offer various incentives to convert to energy-efficient technologies.

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The EnergyStar program offers guidelines to help consumers choose the most efficient appliances, heating/cooling systems, home electronics, light fixtures, and office equipment that are available on the market.

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Renewable Energies

Fossil energies are non-renewable and eventually we will run out!! We must begin the switch to renewable energies!

Solar energy is becoming easier and cheaper. Find out more at million solar roofs.

The Federal Government and Maryland State offer tax credit or tax deduction to encourage people to buy renewable energy.

Wind energy is rising fast and could supply up to 12 percent of the world's energy by 2050! To learn more about wind energy in Maryland, click here.

Geothermal energy: Use the Earth to cool your house in summer and heat it up in winter.

U.S. Department of Energy has detailed information about the different geothermal techniques and current issues in the field.

  • Click here to start heating and cooling your house with geothermal power.
  • Click here for rebates and other financial incentives for efficient energy use.


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Green Buildings

Green buildings use a combination of renewable energy and energy-efficient design to reduce energy usage.

Here are some useful links to check out:

Cool Schools

The Building Museum in Washington DC presents an ongoing green house exhibit, you can tour a green house, learn about green materials, discover 20 other green houses from around the world, attend lectures...

The Green Building Council  has established a rating system called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to provide builders with green guidelines/standards to help developers build efficient buildings or revamp old ones.

 For more about the incentives in Maryland, please see: Green Building Tax Credit

 The website of Build it Green has lots of info on green building, including sustainable building materials and life-cycle costing tools.

 Green Roofs: Put them on your house today! These roofs help clean the air and reduce harmful stormwater runoff.

  • click here for more information about green roofs from the Maryland Department of the Environment
  • click here for a database of green businesses and programs in the Mid-Atlantic to get you started!

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Reducing sprawl and preserving forested areas

Another simple way to fight against increasing carbon dioxide emissions is to plant trees, which will absorb significant quantities of carbon dioxide.

  • click here to learn more about urban forests, how they work, and current news
  • click here to become involved with the urban forest in your community