Practicing home energy efficiency may sound a bit overwhelming but it can be as simple as turning the thermostat down a couple degrees in the winter and up in the summer.
Other ways to conserve household energy include unplugging unused appliances and remembering to turn off the lights when you leave a room. Additionally, we could prevent carbon emissions equivalent to more than 800,000 cars if every American home replaced one incandescent lightbulb with a compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb [source: ENERGY STAR].
By choosing energy-efficient appliances and products you'll not only reduce your carbon footprint but you'll also save money. Consider that Energy Star and other energy-efficient products can help trim household energy bills by about 30 percent [source: EPA].