There are TONS of things you can do to conserve energy. Doing little things can actually make a huge positive impact on the planet!
Every day you make tons of decisions that decide how much energy you consume. Want to consume less and reduce your carbon footprint? Try these!
- Turn the thermostat down by 2 degrees in the winter. Reduce CO2 emissions by 0.62%.
Stay in town for the weekend. Drive 100 fewer miles per week and reduce CO2 emissions by 4.11%.
- Replace the incandescent light bulbs in your house with compact florescent ones. These use less energy and last longer and cut down on CO2 emissions. It’s a win-win-win situation.
Dry your clothes outside on a clothesline or inside on a rack instead of putting them in the dryer.
- Only turn lights on in the evening or early morning when the sun doesn’t come in through the windows. Turn lights off as you leave rooms.
- Going on vacation? Make sure the heat or A/C is turned down, and the water heater is turned off before leaving.
- Use cold water when doing laundry whenever possible.
- Carpool next time you and your friends are going somewhere together. You’ll save gas by not driving multiple cars!
- Unplug! Unplug power strips and appliances that you don’t use that often or only at certain times of the day (chargers, cordless tools, etc). Although they may be turned off, the “standby” energy used is equal to that of a 75 watt light bulb running continuously.
- Enable the “sleep mode” feature on your computer, allowing it to use less power during periods of inactivity. In Windows, the power management settings are found on your control panel. Mac users, look for energy saving settings under system preferences in the apple menu.
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