1. Use Less Air Conditioning and Heat
The average American family spends over $1,300 a year on energy bills. We've come to rely on our homes as being energy-guzzlers: air conditioning, heat, and appliances have become our standard of comfort. Unfortunately, all of these are very inefficient and harmful to our environment. Saving energy is really in all of our best interest. The well being of our planet relies on conserving energy. As a society, we should be moving toward renewable energy.
Before shopping for energy efficient home products, conduct an audit of your home. Look at how much energy you currently use and how much you could save with new appliances.
Here are some great ways to reduce energy consumption:
2. Drive less and walk more!
As Americans we love our cars. We think nothing of driving less than a mile to the bank, the store or even from one parking lot to another. As our waistlines and our dependence on foreign oil increases, the quality of our life and air decreases. Grabbing the keys to go has become second nature to us.
It's time to change!
Driving less will lead to a healthier, cleaner environment and will save you money on fuel.
3. Recycle, Reduce and Reuse
Waste and how you handle it, affects our world's environment. Your environment includes the air, water, land, plants, and even man-made things. The waste we create has to be carefully controlled to be sure that it does not harm our environment or health. You can help by learning and practicing the three R's of waste management: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
You can recycle up to 84% of your trash simply by taking it out of the garbage can and putting it in the correct recycling bin.
Here are some great ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:
4. Light Bulbs
Changing the world starts with simple actions. When you replace light bulbs or light fixtures with energy efficient ones, you preserve energy resources and reduce the risk of Global Warming while saving time and money buying and changing light bulbs in your home. Energy Efficient qualified lighting provides bright, warm light and uses approximately 75% less energy than standard lighting, producing 75 percent less heat, and lasts up to 10 times longer!
5. Use the "Off" switch
Most people think that when you turn something off, it actually turns off. Most people assume that it stops drawing power. Unfortunately, that's not true in the case of most electric devices. Most of them just hover in standby mode.
The "Phantom load" is the energy that is sapped by appliances when they are plugged in, but not turned on. By turning everything off or unplugging, you save big on your energy bill. In the average American home, 40% of all electricity is used to power appliances while they are turned off.
6. Use Less Hot Water
Upgrading to a tank-less water heater in your home not only saves energy but it also provides more reliable hot water because it only heats the water you use instead of heating and storing hot water. Using a tank-less water heater you will also not have to "run the water" in order to wait for the hot water to come, saving water and time. The third largest expense in the home water heating.
7. Get Energy Efficient Products
Efficient energy products have the ability to reduce energy from 30-50 percent. If one of your household items is ready to be replaced, why not replace them efficiently?
Now is a great time to upgrade your washing machine to a high efficiency model. HE washers use significantly less water per load and spin clothes dry a lot more so they don't need to spend as much time in the dryer.
8. Spread the word and tell others to conserve!
Why not carpool with neighbors when you are heading to the same market? You can save in gas and get to know your neighbor better when you combine trips around town that require a car.
9. Plant a tree
Why not do something good for the environment while improving your curb appeal? Planting a tree will help clean the air while beautifying your home. Yet another benefit to a tree is the shade it provides as it grows. Shade from trees help keep your house cool so you need less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature. If you are not a hands on kind of person, you can go to http://w.plant-a-tree-today.org and pay to plant a tree anywhere in the world!
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