EPA: 'Ask If You Can Work From Home' to Save Energy

By Susan Jones | April 2, 2012 | 7:21 AM EDT

Logo of the Environmental Protection Agency

(CNSNews.com) - Earth Day has morphed into "Earth Month" at the Environmental Protection Agency, which is offering Americans daily tips on how to reduce their "carbon footprint."

The tip for April 1 -- April Fool's Day, but it's no joke -- suggests leaving your car at home twice a week, something that will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds a year, the EPA says.

"If you commute to work, ask if you can work from home at least some days, and you'll reduce air pollution and traffic congestion -- and save money," the EPA adds.

The work-at-home advice comes as EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is working far from home.

She arrived in Paris on March 28 to meet with environmental leaders from more than 40 nations to discuss the EPA's international efforts on "urban sustainability," an EPA news release said.

The EPA said Jackson was scheduled to represent to United States at a panel discussion on Friday, March 30 -- the only agenda item noted in the news release. As of April 2, the EPA had not said anything further about that event – or about any other government business Jackson may be conducting during her time in Paris.

On its Earth Day website, the EPA offers a long list of what-you-should-do to protect the environment.

Here's a sample:

-- Remind school systems to turn off engines when school buses are parked.

-- "Encourage your hometown or state to spend road construction funds on newer, clean diesel equipment to help cut air pollution. (The EPA notes that contractors, owners, and operators of diesel equipment can retrofit existing diesel engines with new technologies that pollute less, as well as replace old equipment.)

-- High school students should "study links between everyday actions at their high school, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change." The EPA wants students to become "climate ambassadors" who will "motivate friends, schools, and community leaders" to reduce pollution.

Other topics include saving water (fix leaks!); recycling ("compost it!"); and "green" travel ("Look for hotels that encourage guests to use less water or energy").

The Earth Day website plugs the use of public transportation, carpools, biking and walking to reduce air pollution. And it touts "green power," such as wind and solar, as well as compact fluorescent light bulbs.