On April 22, Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will kick off its year-long “Change the World: Start with Energy Star” campaign to combat global warming. It asks consumers to take the new Energy Star pledge and perform the following actions:

  • Replace at least one light with an energy-efficient CFL bulb or fixture.
  • Use a programmable thermostat and perform regular maintenance of HVAC equipment.
  • Activate power management features on home computers.
  • Choose Energy Star-qualified TVs and other home entertainment products.
  • When replacing appliances, choose Energy Star-qualified products.
  • Light up for the holidays with decorative lights that have earned the Energy Star rating.

These simple actions not only reduce consumers’ energy bills but also fight global warming. Consumers who take the pledge will be able to submit testimonials at www.energystar.gov about their family’s commitment to saving energy. This summer, the EPA will visit communities around the nation to gather testimonials, check in with families who have taken the pledge and provide advice on saving energy.