10 Ways to Consume Less Energy_part 1

December 6th, 2010 - 
Changing a few of the things that you take for granted like how you go about your daily routine can add to the benefits of using green energy. It may not seem like much at first, but the accumulation of your efforts over the span of a year and over the span of your lifetime will become a mountain of difference to the planet. Consider if everyone were to make these small changes, the impact would be widespread and noticeable almost right away. A relatively minuscule amount of sacrifice is all it takes and you’ll barely notice any difference in how you take on your day to day rituals.

1. Take shorter showers:
Shortening your shower by a mere 2-3 minutes will save money on water of course, but you’ll also be affecting how much water your utility has to treat and how much your tank has to heat thereby saving energy.

2. Turn off lights and appliances: This is one you’re folks have been preaching for years, but keeping lights and appliances off when they’re not needed is the single easiest way to save energy and save on the environment.

3. Switch to Energy Efficient appliances and light bulbs: A great program that has been around for some time now, EnergyStar rated appliances use 10-50% less energy and/or water then their inefficient counterparts. There are several different types of high-efficiency light bulbs out there now, so do a little research to find what type is right for your home.4. Thermostat settings = $$$: Set your thermostat 2-3 degrees warmer for the AC in the summer, and 4-5 degrees cooler in the winter. This adjustment may be one of the more difficult ones to make, but it also makes the largest impact in energy/money savings. Wear more cloths in the winter, and less in the summer is my best advice. Muscle through this one and you’re on your way to really making a difference.
4. Thermostat settings = $$$: Set your thermostat 2-3 degrees warmer for the AC in the summer, and 4-5 degrees
cooler in the winter. This adjustment may be one of the more difficult ones to make, but it also makes the largest impact in energy/money savings. Wear more cloths in the winter, and less in the summer is my best advice. Muscle through this one and you’re on your way to really making a difference.
 
5. Wash larger loads of laundry: Some people are very particular about how and when they wash their clothes, and some people just heap it all together like it doesn’t matter. Well, it’s you heapers that are the environmental helpers. Washing larger loads means you do it less often, which means you use less resources (water/power/time). Not only should you wash more clothes less often, but do it with cold water, and only use only eco-friendly detergents that come in recyclable containers.

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