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Take action on behalf of the Bay Area -- and the planet. Here are some ways you can help fight global warming.

  • Buy energy-efficient products. The EPA has created the Energy Star label to help consumers spot high-quality, energy-saving products, which typically use 20 to 40 percent less energy than standard products. Using these products reduces pollution from power plants and saves money on energy bills.

  • Conserve energy. Limit your energy use by turning off nonessential lights and appliances, setting your thermostats lower in cold weather and higher in warm, and using energy-efficient lightbulbs.

  • Drive less. Choose alternatives to driving (public transit, biking, walking, carpooling), and bundle your errands into fewer trips.

  • Drive efficiently. Get your engine tuned up and keep your tires inflated -- both help fuel efficiency. When shopping for a new car, choose a cleaner and more efficient model. You'll find the best possible choices at www.greenercars.com (see our guide to driving less/driving smarter for more resource links).

  • When you next move, look for compact neighborhoods, where good transit service and walkable streets cut driving substantially.

  • To learn more about the possible consequences of climate change for California and the Bay Area, see the Union of Concerned Scientists' website.

  • You'll find lots more Bay Area green-living tips in our Green Gate Green Guides. And to keep informed and take action on the latest issues affecting the Bay Area and the rest of California, join NRDC's California Activist Network.

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