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www.climatecrisis.org
 

  the evidence is overwhelming and undeniable...
 

  WHAT IS GLOBAL WARMING?

Carbon dioxide and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, by burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and temperatures are rising.

The vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is real, it’s already happening and that it is the result of our activities and not a natural occurrence.1 The evidence is overwhelming and undeniable.

We’re already seeing changes. Glaciers are melting, plants and animals are being forced from their habitat, and the number of severe storms and droughts is increasing.

The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.2
Malaria has spread to higher altitudes in places like the Colombian Andes, 7,000 feet above sea level.3
The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past decade.4
At least 279 species of plants and animals are already responding to global warming, moving closer to the poles.5

If the warming continues, we can expect catastrophic consequences.

               ◊ Deaths from global warming will double in just 25 years -- to 300,000 people a year.6
               ◊ Global sea levels could rise by more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica, devastating coastal areas worldwide.7
               ◊ Heat waves will be more frequent and more intense.
               ◊ Droughts and wildfires will occur more often.
               ◊ The Arctic Ocean could be ice free in summer by 2050.8
               ◊ More than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by 2050.9

There is no doubt we can solve this problem. In fact, we have a moral obligation to do so. Small changes to your daily routine can add up to big differences in helping to stop global warming. The time to come together to solve this problem is now...
 

TAKE ACTION:

The average American generates about 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year from personal transportation, home energy use and from the energy used to produce all of the products and services we consume.

CALCULATE YOUR PERSONAL IMPACT to see how much CO2 you produce each year.

JOIN THE GLOBAL WARMING VIRTUAL MARCH at www.stopglobalwarming.org.

You have the power to make a difference. Small changes to your daily routine can add up to big changes in helping to stop global warming.
 

REDUCE YOUR IMPACT AT HOME

Most emissions from homes are from the fossil fuels burned to generate electricity and heat. By using energy more efficiently at home, you can reduce your emissions and lower your energy bills by more than 30%.

In addition, since agriculture is responsible for about a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, you can reduce your emissions simply by watching what you eat.

Here’s how:

Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (cfl)
CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. If every family in the U.S. made the switch, we’d reduce carbon dioxide by more than 90 billion pounds! You can purchase CFLs online from the Energy Federation.

Move your thermostat down 2° in winter and up 2° in summer
Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has more tips for saving energy on heating and cooling.

Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner
Cleaning a dirty air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

 

Install a programmable thermostat -- Programmable thermostats will automatically lower the heat or air conditioning at night and raise them again in the morning. They can save you $100 a year on your energy bill.

Choose energy efficient appliances when making new purchases -- Look for the Energy Star label on new appliances to choose the most efficient models. If each household in the U.S. replaced its existing appliances with the most efficient models available, we’d eliminate 175 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year!

Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket -- You’ll save 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple action. You can save another 550 pounds per year by setting the thermostat no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Use less hot water -- It takes a lot of energy to heat water. You can use less hot water by installing a low flow showerhead (350 pounds of carbon dioxide saved per year) and washing your clothes in cold or warm water (500 pounds saved per year) instead of hot.

Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible -- You can save 700 pounds of carbon dioxide when you air dry your clothes for 6 months out of the year.



Turn off electronic devices you’re not using -- Simply turning off your television, DVD player, stereo, and computer when you’re not using them will save you thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Unplug electronics from the wall when you’re not using them -- Even when turned off, things like hairdryers, cell phone chargers and televisions use energy. In fact, the energy used to keep display clocks lit and memory chips working accounts for 5 percent of total domestic energy consumption and spews 18 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year!


Only run your dishwasher when there’s a full load and use the energy-saving setting

You can save 100 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

Insulate and weatherize your home -- Properly insulating your walls and ceilings can save 25% of your home heating bill and 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Caulking and weather-stripping can save another 1,700 pounds per year. The Consumer Federation of America has more information on how to better insulate your home.

Be sure you’re recycling at home -- You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide a year by recycling half of the waste your household generates. Earth 911 can help you find recycling resources in your area.



Buy recycled paper products
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It takes less 70 to 90% less energy to make recycled paper and it prevents the loss of forests worldwide.

Plant a tree -- A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15%. The Arbor Day Foundation has information on planting and provides trees you can plant with membership.


Get a home energy audit
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Many utilities offer free home energy audits to find where your home is poorly insulated or energy inefficient. You can save up to 30% off your energy bill and 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
Energy Star can help you find an energy specialist.

Switch to green power-- In many areas, you can switch to energy generated by clean, renewable sources such as wind and solar. The Green Power Network is a good place to start to figure out what’s available in your area.

Buy locally grown and produced foods -- The average meal in the United States travels 1,200 miles from the farm to your plate. Buying locally will save fuel and keep money in your community.

Buy fresh foods instead of frozen --Frozen food uses 10 times more energy to produce.

Seek out and support local farmers markets -- They reduce the amount of energy required to grow and transport the food to you by one fifth. You can find a farmer’s market in your area at the USDA website.



Buy organic foods as much as possible --
Organic soils capture and store carbon dioxide at much higher levels than soils from conventional farms. If we grew all of our corn and soybeans organically, we’d remove 580 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere!

Avoid heavily packaged products -- You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10%.

Eat less meat -- Methane is the second most significant greenhouse gas and cows are one of the greatest methane emitters. Their grassy diet and multiple stomachs cause them to produce methane, which they exhale with every breath.

 

REDUCE YOUR IMPACT WHILE ON THE MOVE

Almost one third of the carbon dioxide produced in the United States comes from our cars, trucks and airplanes. Here are some simple, practical things you can do to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide you produce while on the move.

Reduce the number of miles you drive by walking, biking, carpooling or taking mass transit wherever possible.  Avoiding just 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year! Click here to find transit options in your area.


Start a carpool with your coworkers or classmates --
Sharing a ride with someone just 2 days a week will reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 1,590 pounds a year.
eRideShare.com runs a free national service connecting commuters and travelers.

Keep your car tuned up -- Regular maintenance helps improve fuel efficiency and reduces emissions. When just 1% of car owners properly maintain their cars, nearly a billion pounds of carbon dioxide are kept out of the atmosphere.

Check your tires weekly to make sure they’re properly inflated -- Proper inflation can improve gas mileage by more than 3%. Since every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, every increase in fuel efficiency makes a difference!
 

When it is time for a new car, choose a more fuel efficient vehicle -- You can save 3,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year if your new car gets only 3 miles per gallon more than your current one. You can get up to 60 miles per gallon with a hybrid! You can find information on fuel efficiency here and here.


Try car sharing --
Need a car but don’t want to buy one? Community car sharing organizations provide access to a car and your membership fee covers gas, maintenance and insurance. Many companies – such as Flexcar -- offer low emission or hybrid cars too! Also, see ZipCar.

Try telecommuting from home -- Telecommuting can help you drastically reduce the number of miles you drive every week. For more information, check out the Telework Coalition.

Fly less -- Air travel produces large amounts of emissions so reducing how much you fly by even one or two trips a year can reduce your emissions significantly. You can also offset your air travel by investing in renewable energy projects.

 

HELP BRING ABOUT CHANGE LOCALLY, NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY

Your actions to reduce global warming can extend beyond how you personally reduce your own emissions. We all have influence on our schools, workplaces, businesses, and on society through how we make purchases, invest, take action, and vote. Here are some ways you can have a positive effect on global warming.

Encourage your school or business to reduce emissions -- You can extend your positive influence on global warming well beyond your home by actively encouraging other to take action. Download our toolkits for schools and businesses to take action outside of your home.

Join the virtual march -- The Stop Global Warming Virtual March is a non-political effort to bring all Americans concerned about global warming together in one place. Add your voice to the hundreds of thousands of other Americans urging action on this issue.

Encourage the switch to renewable energy -- Successfully combating global warming requires a national transition to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. These technologies are ready to be deployed more widely but there are regulatory barriers impeding them. Take action to break down those barriers with Vote Solar.

Protect and conserve forest worldwide -- Forests play a critical role in global warming: they store carbon. When forests are burned or cut down, their stored carbon is release into the atmosphere -- deforestation now accounts for about 20% of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Conservation International has more information on forests and global warming.

Consider the impact of your investments -- If you invest your money, you should consider the impact that your investments and savings will have on global warming. You can learn more about how to ensure your money is being invested in companies, products and projects that address issues related to climate change here and here.

Make your city cool -- Cities and states around the country have taken action to stop global warming by passing innovative transportation and energy saving legislation. 194 cities nationwide representing over 40 million people have made this pledge as part of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Find out how to make your city a cool city.

Tell Congress to act -- The McCain Lieberman Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act would set a firm limit on carbon dioxide emissions and then use free market incentives to lower costs, promote efficiency and spur innovation. Tell your representative to support it.

Make sure your voice is heard!  We must have a stronger commitment from our government in order to stop global warming and implement solutions and such a commitment won’t come without a dramatic increase in citizen lobbying for new laws with teeth. Get the facts about U.S. politicians and candidates at Project Vote Smart and The League of Conservation Voters. Make sure your voice is heard by voting!
 

Download these 10 SIMPLE TIPS to take with you!

After reducing your emissions you can do even more by going "carbon neutral." By supporting clean renewable energy, you can effectively neutralize your personal CO2 emissions. Your small investment will ensure that for every ton of carbon dioxide you are emitting, a ton of carbon dioxide will not be released into the atmosphere. Go NEUTRAL!

Learn about other ways that movies are inspiring people to make a difference at
Participate.net.
 

  

ASTHMA, AIR POLLUTION & GLOBAL WARMING

--" Asthma is a chronic condition in which these airways undergo changes when stimulated by allergens or other environmental triggers that cause patients to cough, wheeze, and experience shortness of breath (dyspnea). " webmd http://webmd.lycos.com/content/dmk/dmk_article_5461937 

 --While some asthma can be attributed to allergies, environmental or airborne pollutants can also trigger asthma.  

--Ground-level ozone and other air pollutants are major contributors to asthma and other lung diseases. Ozone causes up to 10 percent of emergency room and hospital admissions in people with respiratory ailments in California.  (California American Lung Association)      

--Asthma is the third major cause of hospitalization in children under 15.  "Which Children get Asthma? " Web MD  http://webmd.lycos.com/content/dmk/dmk_article_5461938       

--Nearly five million children have asthma. (AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ALLERGY, ASTHMA AND IMMUNOLOGY)  

-- We as physicians, pediatricians, and other community health workers acknowledge the risks that global warming presents...      
 

FROM THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION:      

"While exposure to ozone air pollution causes adverse health effects in most people, children are especially susceptible to these effects. Children spend significantly more time outdoors, especially in the summertime when ozone levels are the highest. National statistics show that children spend an average of 50 percent more time outdoors than do adults.  

A recent study conducted by the American Lung Association shows that as many as 27.1 million children age 13 and under, and over 1.9 million children with asthma are potentially exposed to unhealthful levels of ozone based on the new 0.08 ppm, eight-hour ozone level standard.  

Minority children are disproportionately represented in areas with high ozone levels. Approximately 61.3% of black children, 69.2% of Hispanic children and 67.7% of Asian-American children live in areas that exceed the 0.08 ppm ozone standard, while only 50.8% of white children live in such areas.  

Children spend more time engaged in vigorous activity (i.e., exercise). Such activity results in breathing in more air, and therefore more pollution being taken deep into the lungs. A California study found that children spend three times as much time engaged in sports and vigorous activities as adults do.  

Children have a higher breathing rate than adults relative to their body weight and lung surface area. This results in a greater dose of pollution delivered to their lungs. Most biological air pollution damage is related to the dose of pollution inhaled in relation to the body weight and surface area of the target organ.  

Even when children experience significant drops in lung function, they do not seem to suffer or report some of the acute symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath, associated with ozone exposure in adults. Thus, children are not likely to receive or may not understand the biological warnings to reduce their ozone exposure by stopping their exercise or moving indoors.  

Children have narrower airways than do adults. Thus, irritation or inflammation caused by air pollution that would produce only a slight response in an adult can result in a potentially significant obstruction of the airways in a young child.  During exercise, children, like adults, breathe with both their nose and mouth rather than just their noses. When the nose is bypassed during the breathing process, the filtering effects of the nose are lost, therefore allowing more air pollution to be inhaled.  Air pollution, including ozone, can result in more frequent respiratory infections in children due to impairment of the lung's ability to defend itself. Scientists are concerned that children who experience more frequent lower respiratory infections may be at greater risk of lower-than-normal lung function later in life.  

When ozone levels are high, children should avoid calisthenics, soccer, running and other strenuous outdoor exercise. They should be encouraged to participate in less strenuous activities such as recreational swimming, swinging or indoor activities such as floor hockey and gymnastics instead.      

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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ALLERGY, ASTHMA AND IMMUNOLOGY" is a very good source for information on
childhood asthma 
http://www.aaaai.org

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AAAAI Initiatives: Update on Pediatric Asthma: Promoting Best Practice    http://www.aaaai.org/professional/initiatives/pediatricasthma.stm

Nearly five million children have asthma. Not only do they suffer from the disease, many children with asthma miss out on childhood fun.  Children suffering from Asthma miss school, too -- accounting for 10 million absences per year.  

To care for these children, parents take time away from work. Lost productivity among parents of children with asthma results in indirect costs of more than $1 billion each year.  Children with asthma make more than 2.7 million physician visits annually and require 200,000 hospitalizations.  

The annual cost of treating children with asthma is estimated at $1.9 billion.  When children with asthma can rely on their families and health care providers to recognize symptoms, diagnose the disease, and help them manage it, many of the problems associated with asthma disappear.      

Lack of comprehensive, easily referenced information sometimes makes it difficult, however, for providers to make accurate diagnoses or effective management plans.  Many general practitioners are encouraged to treat pediatric asthma patients themselves, instead of referring them to asthma specialists.  To eliminate these barriers and to enhance pediatric asthma care, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), in partnership with the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, has launched a comprehensive new initiative --Pediatric Asthma: Promoting Best Practice.  

To order up to five Pediatric Guides, call 1-800-822-2762. For more information contact:  Barbara Leavitt, AAAAI Executive Offices, 611 East Wells St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202  Phone: 414/272-6071  Fax: 414/272-6070 E-mail: bleavitt@aaaai.org   


From www.KilowattOurs.org

The Dangers of Coal-generated Electricty

Mountain top removal mining, air pollution, haze in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, methylmercury contamination of newborns, childhood asthma and global warming ALL stem from the same root cause.

the effects of burning coal to generate electricity

The most significant cause of each of these problems is our dependence on coal-generated electricity in America. In other words, the solution begins at our light switches and power strips.

Today, more than 50% of our nation's electricity is generated from coal. In the southeast U.S., where household electricity use is highest, this amounts to more than 12,000 pounds of coal burned per home per year.

Buildings in America consume nearly 2/3 of all the energy we use. The typical American home emits twice the annual global warming emissions compared the typical car.

So, if we can make our buildings Net Zero buildings, the benefits to the environment and our quality of life will be profound. A Net Zero building is one that generates all the energy it needs with renewable power (like wind power or solar energy), either on-site or through the electricity grid.

You can also help by signing this petition against mountain top removal mining.
 

   

From Pew Center: www.pewclimate.org/global-warming-basics
 

Global Warming Basics

The scientific community has reached a strong consensus regarding the science of global climate change. The world is undoubtedly warming. This warming is largely the result of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from human activities including industrial processes, fossil fuel combustion, and changes in land use, such as deforestation. Continuation of historical trends of greenhouse gas emissions will result in additional warming over the 21st century, with current projections of a global increase of 2.5ºF to 10.4ºF by 2100, with warming in the U.S. expected to be even higher. This warming will have real consequences for the United States and the world, for with that warming will also come additional sea-level rise that will gradually inundate coastal areas, changes in precipitation patterns, increased risk of droughts and floods, threats to biodiversity, and a number of potential challenges for public health.

Addressing climate change is no simple task. To protect ourselves, our economy, and our land from the adverse effects of climate change, we must ultimately dramatically reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. To achieve this goal we must fundamentally transform the way we power our global economy, shifting away from a century’s legacy of unrestrained fossil fuel use and its associated emissions in pursuit of more efficient and renewable sources of energy. Such a transformation will require society to engage in a concerted effort, over the near and long-term, to seek out opportunities and design actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The “Basics of Global Warming” section of their site www.pewclimate.org/global-warming-basics, provides introductory information on global warming, including fundamental facts and data on global warming, analysis of the science behind global warming, frequently asked questions about global warming, and a global warming glossary. For more detailed analysis of global warming issues, including the economics of global warming, environmental impacts of global warming, and global warming solutions, visit the Global Warming In-Depth section of their site.

 

 


The Dangers of Global Warming

“It is getting hotter and the ice caps are melting and there is a build up of carbon dioxide in the air.  We really need to do something on fossil fuels.”                                        -- Rev Pat Robertson, 8/3/2006

Ron Littlefield, the current mayor of Chattanooga, recently signed on to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.  This agreement urges “…the federal government and state governments to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol target of reducing global warming pollution levels to 7% below 1990 levels by 2012, including efforts to: reduce the United States dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate the development of clean, economical energy resources and fuel-efficient technologies such as conservation, methane recovery for energy generation, wind and solar energy, fuel cells, efficient motor vehicles, and biofuels..”

The overwhelming body of reputable scientists have found that the mean temperature of earth in increasing, and we are approaching what is known as the so-called tipping point, where irreversible damage will occur to our planet and way of life. This is one of the greatest challenges to the survival of life on planet earth….ever.

bullet Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1995.
bullet So far, 2006 is the hottest year ever recorded within the continental United States
bullet Since 1979, more than 20% of the polar ice cap has melted away, and polar bears are now beginning to drown for lack of solid ground
bullet The coral at the Great Barrier Reef is bleaching and will soon break down to rubble.
bullet Due to warming ocean waters, the population of jelly fish is spreading, as noted for the coast off Spain all the way to the Puget Sound
bullet The thermal expansion of the oceans is expected to raise sea levels by 20 to 80 inches over the next 500 years – Tennessee may become a refugee camp for flooded coastal residents.
bullet It is now known that temperatures for over 1500 years have correlated with the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.  Unfortunately, human activities are now increasing those CO2 levels exponentially, and the temperature rise, and resulting impacts could be catastrophic.

There really isn’t much debate among scientists about whether global warming is real.  The only debate now is how fast it’s happening.  And unfortunately, it’s happening much faster than they warned.  Keep in mind that not a single peer-reviewed, scientific paper written in the last 15 years disagrees with the premise that human-induced carbon dioxide is causing earth’s ongoing temperature rise.  The only scientists still questioning global warming are on the payrolls of the oil and coal industries.

As far as what can be done, that too is pretty simple:

bullet Increase the use of clean, alternative energy, like solar and wind
bullet Trade carbon credits among clean and polluting companies
bullet Replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent
bullet Promote tree planting
bullet Recycle, re-use
bullet Purchase only Energy Star appliances
bullet Promote sustainable building practices
bullet Promote cleaner transportation alternatives, like bicycles, hybrid cars, higher fuel standards for cars sold in America, public transportation, etc.
bullet Turn off lights, and electrical appliances when not in use.

Please contact us to learn more about the problem what can be done to address it.

Chattanooga Chapter of Interfaith Power & Light, Global Warming Task Force:
SANDY KURTZ, Chattanooga Leader: SandyKurtz@comcast.net 423.892.5237
 

  

Kilowatt Ours Net-Zero Network
 

Top 10 Steps to Save $600 Per Year on Electricity

1 Take the Pledge!
Sign the Kilowatt Ours Pledge and join the Kilowatt Ours Net-Zero Network.  
Join and you can also tell your friends about the Network.

2 Audit Your Home
Complete a simple on-line, home-energy audit to find out how much energy and money you can save at home.. Most homes can feasibly save 25% to 50% or more. Make a list of the steps you would like to take, and get started!

3 Be Conservative
Turning off lights, computers and electronics when not in use can save 5% on your energy bill (or more, if you are really dedicated!).

Annual Savings: $65

                                             720 pounds of coal

4 Change Your Lights
Replace incandescent light bulbs with efficient, compact fluorescent bulbs. Start with your five most frequently used lights, or upgrade your entire home. 
Annual Savings: $60 (for upgrading your five most frequently used lights)
                                 662 pounds of coal

5 Adjust Your Thermostat
Setting the thermostat no higher than 68 degrees in winter, and no lower than 78 degrees in summer will result in dramatic savings. Or install an Energy Star** programmable thermostat for greater comfort, while cutting your heating/cooling bills 15% to 20%.
Annual Savings: $78
                                864 pounds of coal

6 Weatherize and Seal
The average home has about 5 square feet of air leaks from gaps around windows, doors, pipe and cable penetrations, plus significant leaks in air ducts. Use mastic to seal the ducts. Use caulk, spray foam and weather stripping on the rest.
Annual Savings: $175
                                1,872 pounds of coal

7 Upgrade to Energy Star
For the biggest savings, replace your refrigerator, clothes washer or HVAC system with new Energy Star products. For example, a new Energy Star refrigerator is 60% more efficient than models more than 10 years old, and 40% more efficient than models before 2002.

Annual Savings: $31 by upgrading your refrigerator

                                 $54 by upgrading your clothes washer
                                 942 pounds of coal saved by upgrading both

8 Insulate 
Improved insulation in your attic, exterior walls and floors will result in better comfort and big savings. For more information on adding insulation to your house read this insultation fact sheet.

Annual Savings: $137

                                            1,518 pounds of coal

9 Finance it (optional)
Make your home makeover more affordable by financing a complete home energy renovation with an Energy-Efficient Mortgage (EEM). Your monthly savings will likely be greater than your extra payment. For more information visit this website about EEM:

10 Buy Green Power
Use a portion of your savings to pay for green power, and you could reach net-zero at home with no extra cost compared to your current energy bills. How? Most local utilities offer green power pricing programs, which allow you to purchase wind or solar generated electricity every month at a nominal cost.
 
For example: $4 per month will get you 150 kilowatt hours of wind-generated electricity from the TVA Green Power Switch program.
 
The Green Power Locator can help you find a green power program near you, or contact your electricity provider for details.

Total Annual Savings:
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$600
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6,578 pounds of coal that remain in the mountains
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61 pounds of asthma-causing sulfur and nitrogen oxides eliminated
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8,788 pounds of CO2 emissions avoided
 
EVERY YEAR from your home alone
 
* Actual savings may vary by geographic region, current energy usage, size of building, the weather, and other factors. Potential  
  savings are based on US EPA, US Department of Energy and Energy Information Administration data.
** Energy Star is a federal program that rates the most efficient products on the market today

BONUS TIP!
Install a solar hot water heater. They have come a long way since the 1970s. Newer models are reliable and efficient, and use the sun's energy to heat your water for free.
Up front cost: $1,500 to $3,500.
Annual Savings: $224
3,200 pounds of coal
Or, improve the efficiency of your existing water heater for a lot less! Turn the water temp down to 120 degrees, install an insulating tank jacket, and insulate the first three feet of the hot water pipes.
 
Annual Savings: $100
                                 1,108 pounds of coal

Need Help? Download a DIY Guide 
For detailed instructions on how to make many of these home improvements, you may download a 95-page do-it-yourself guidebook available from the Southface Energy Institute:
 
Get More Info on Alternative Power
Find out everything you need to know about energy conservation, energy efficiency, Energy Star, and pollution free green power for your home at the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Website:
 
Where to Shop
Visit the Buy Energy Efficient Products page on the Kilowatt Ours website for a list of companies. We are always adding new companies to this list and some of them even offer special discounts to our Network members!
 
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Make a donation to get a copy of Kilowatt Ours!
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Reduce your environmental and energy usage:
go to www.climatecrisis.org and click on
"TAKE ACTION"
 

Democracy invites us to take risks. It asks that we vacate the comfortable...
We are nothing but whiners if we are not willing to put our concerns
and convictions on the line.
—Terry Tempest Williams 
 
 

       
 
 
Chattanooga
 
 Interfaith  Power & Light
   
     
 
Global Warming Task Force

   Chattanooga Chapter of Tennessee InterFaith Power & Light (TN-IPL)
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Tennessee InterFaith Power & Light  www.tn-ipl.org
Interfaith Power & Light     The Regeneration Project
 
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SANDY KURTZ, Chattanooga Leader: SandyKurtz@comcast.net 423.892.5237
 
JIM DEMING, TN Stewardship Coordinator:
 JimDeming@comcast.net.
   

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