CO2 Smackdown, Step 12: Build on Your Gains

If you’ve gone through the previous smackdown steps, or even just some of them, you’ve made significant improvements in your home and commute, including sealing up your house to stave off the winter cold, improving your furnace’s efficiency,reducing waste and more. Congratulate yourself on the work completed and the knowledge that you’ve slashed up to 10 tons of global warming emissions annually with a yearly savings of over $3,500.

Now keep at it.

Take advantage of the new opportunities for improvement, such as the electric-powered and alternative fuel vehicles coming on line now, smart meters (when available from your utility), LED bulbs, and other innovations.

Be sure to claim what you can in your taxes for the improvements you’ve made. For Federal tax incentives see the Tax Incentives Assistance Project for information about the limits on energy efficient home improvements. For a listing of state incentives, visit the Alliance to Save Energy.

Maintain your home and appliances:

Finally, now that you’ve become an expert at green home improvements, start a green committee at your workplace with help from our upcoming step-by-step series on greening the office in our soon-to-be launched Smarter Business site.


Smart meters are not a good choice for conserving energy. Their main purpose is to provide a convenience for the electric and gas companies which use them for easy retrieval of meter data. The ultimate cost of such devices is paid by people who suffer from adverse health effects caused by magnified electromagnetic fields set up in their homes when smart meters are tied to the home's electrical grid. If you follow reports coming from consumers in California, a significant number of people are requesting removal of such devices because the devices have caused intense adverse reactions such as hypersensitivity to home electrical appliances as well as heart arrhythmias, chest pain and other symptoms immediately alleviated when smart meters are removed. Please do more research before recommending these hazardous devices. Thank you. Miriam Weber, NMD, L.Ac

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