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After David and his wife Katie saw Al Gore discussing global warming on The Oprah Show , they say they knew they had to do something.

"[The show] kept me up that entire night," David says. "In the morning, Katie and I talked about it and we decided let's make some small changes … some little things here in the house that we can start to make a positive impact on the environment."

David began incorporating the changes into his daily routine. He started taking shorter showers and taking a travel mug to Starbucks for his coffee, which reduced the amount of trash he produced each week. Then, he took a huge step and traded in his SUV for a hybrid. Katie says she started washing all of their clothes in cold water and changed the dryer's lint filter after every use to save energy.

"I think the message today is that the small steps are the important ones," David says.

To see how much energy was still being wasted in their home, David and Katie called their local energy company and set up an inspection. The inspector recommended simple changes like turning down the water heater to 120 degrees, using their ceiling fan, recaulking the windows and cranking up the thermostat to 78 degrees during the summer months.

As a part of their energy audit, David and Katie received an energy starter kit from Duke Energy, which also provided one for every member of Oprah's audience!

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FROM: Going Green 101: What Your Family Can Do Today!
Published on January 01, 2006

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