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Even our simplest everyday activities use the earth’s energy resources and affect the environment. Think about it: it takes energy to make, move and do almost everything, so even small changes in the food you eat, the way you travel and what you buy and throw away can have a big impact on the amount of energy used to support your choices.

You can help your family make sustainable choices that lower your energy use, reduce your carbon footprint and lessen your impact on the environment. You might be surprised to learn how easy it can be!


Americans use more energy than people in most other countries. In fact, our annual energy use per person is about twice the annual energy use per person in Japan, 6 times the annual energy use per person in Mexico, and more than 370 times that in Ethiopia.

Energy. The ability to do work. People get energy from food. Your toaster and your washing machine get their energy from electricity.