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Conserving energy will save you money and reduce the carbon footprint of your home, and thus its impact on climate change. Does this really affect birds? You bet. Over the past 40 years, the ranges of 60% of the birds that winter in North America have shifted 35 miles north as temperatures have warmed. It may not sound like a lot, but as time goes on, some species will not be able to adapt to shifting ecosystems. And some birds, such as ptarmigans and other alpine birds that can only go “up” to escape warming temperatures, have nowhere else to move.
- Switch all the lights you can to compact fluorescent bulbs. Recycle expired CFL bulbs properly.
- Use less water bathing and brushing your teeth. Run only full laundry and dishwashing loads.
- Turn your heat down and your air conditioner up. Use less energy. Insulate, weather-proof, and caulk door and window frames.
- Next time you move, consider a smaller home, or one that uses less energy and perhaps makes use of solar power.