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There are a lot of simple things to do on Earth Day but few of them have a lasting impact. Taking the initiative to improve the efficiency of lighting, appliances, and electronics at home and work, however, is one action that will reap huge rewards weeks, months, and years after the initial effort.
To encourage these improvements, ENERGY STAR has launched the "2011 Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR" campaign which calls on Americans to make the commitment to energy efficiency while highlighting the grassroots efforts of individuals across the U.S.ENERGY STAR offers four suggestions for getting involved:
- Join the 2.7 million Americans who have taken the ENERGY STAR pledge committing to take action on energy efficiency.
- Find energy efficiency events near you with EPA's ENERGY STARs Across America Interactive map. These events—featuring everything from light bulb exchanges to community service projects to engaging local artists to decorate recycled refrigerators—provide opportunities for the whole family to learn about Energy Star and energy efficiency in fun and engaging ways.
- Look for rebates on ENERGY STAR qualified products.
- Enter the Be an ENERGY STAR Video Challenge.
To enter the video challenge, simply document how you save energy in your home, school, workplace and community. Selected videos will be featured on energystar.gov. This fall, ENERGY STAR's online audience will vote for their favorite videos to be showcased in ENERGY STAR's Energy Awareness Month video in October.
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