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Earth Day Google+ Hangout

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This week, more than 1 billion people in more than 190 countries celebrated Earth Day, demonstrating their support for environmental protection. First started in 1970 to encourage environmental reform, Earth Day is now an opportunity to take individual actions to protect the environment and use our resources -- like energy -- more efficiently.

To celebrate Earth Day, we hosted a live Q&A to share tips and advice that will help you save energy and money at home. Whether you wanted to know about incentives for home renewable energy systems, low-cost tips for effectively cooling your house or how products earn an Energy Star label, our panel of experts answered your home energy efficiency questions. Weren’t able to watch the event live? Check out an archive of the discussion to learn energy efficiency strategies that will not only reduce your impact on the planet but also save you money on your energy bills.

We also know that many of you have great energy-saving tips that our readers can benefit from. Below is a Storify of some of our online community’s best tips for ways to save energy and money at home. Hopefully, the ideas shared -- during the video discussion and from our followers -- will inspire you to take action to reduce your energy use and improve your home’s comfort all year long.

[storify:http://storify.com/ENERGY/tipsenergy-favorite-energy-saving-tips-for-earth]