Overview

Many Americans lose money by foregoing relatively easy energy efficiency measures at their homes and in their daily lives. Using energy more efficiently results in cost-savings and also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The way individuals drive, eat and purchase new goods can also provide economic, safety and health benefits while reducing emissions. Many of these benefits can be achieved through thoughtful living without significant time, financial commitment or dramatic changes in lifestyle. Collective action can help reduce the approximately forty percent of United States carbon dioxide emissions that come from households.

There is a lot of information available about steps individuals can take to save money and protect the planet. This website collects some of that material to provide an easy starting point.

 


Average Emissions from Households (%)



Topics

Download tips to reduce your emissions - and your monthly spending.

Home Heating, Cooling, & Energy Use

Energy and water efficiency can save money on utility bills without changing how you live. Even if you rent an apartment and do not pay utility bills, efficiency measures can increase your comfort and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.


Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is providing free access to effective do-it-yourself energy and water efficiency tips from “The Honest Book of Home Energy Savings.” For more information on the book, visit their website.

Transportation

Whether you rent, lease or own a car, there are driving and car maintenance techniques that can save you money, enhance your safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Food

Eating habits that provide health benefits may also reduce your carbon footprint, and foods with lower emissions tend to be less expensive. Greener eating does not require giving up meat!

Purchasing

Energy efficient appliances can result in lower energy bills over the life of a product; a larger investment up front may save you money over time. Many states offer financial incentives to replace inefficient appliances.



About

This website is produced by the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School and reflects contributions by students from across the University under the direction of Professor Wendy B. Jacobs and Staff Attorney Aladdine D. Joroff. Students who participated in this project include: Maryam Abaei, Michael Alter, Alice Meta Cherry, Seth Hoedl, Taylor Lane, Shahir Masri and Joel Smoot.



Contact

Questions, comments, or suggestions for great resources? Contact the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic:

6 Everett Street
Suite 4119
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.496.2058

emmettclinic@law.harvard.edu