Every year we waste hundreds of dollars of energy in each of our homes and workplaces. Conserving energy not only saves money but also reduces the amounts of pollutants released into the atmosphere, which contribute to global warming and the degradation of our air and water quality.Unfortunately, we don’t even benefit from a lot of the energy we use. Energy dollars pour out of homes through drafty doors and windows and uninsulated attics, walls, floors, and basements. Even some idle (turned off) appliances use energy 24 hours a day!
How can you help conserve energy?
- Buy Energy Star appliances and save up to 30% on bills
- Plant shade trees near your home
- Use a lid on boiling pots to reduce cooking time and energy use
- Match the pot size to burner size to avoid energy waste
- Purchase clothes dryers with moisture sensors
- Buy front-loading washing machines
- Set your hot water heater thermostat at 120 degrees or “low”
- Wrap your hot water tank in an insulating “blanket”
- Use warm or cold water for laundry when possible
- Activate your “sleep” feature on home office equipment.