Here are 10 ways you can save energy. Every little bit helps.
1. Buy earth-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergents: This used to be a tall order for budget-conscious households, but now there are a plethora of products on the market available for the same price as traditional cleaners. Some households take it one step further and harness the cheap cleaning power of baking soda, vinegar, and lemon.
2. Lights out: Turning lights off when you’re not in a room means you use less energy. This means the power plant produces less power and emits less pollution.
3. Turn the water off: It is tempting to let the water run while we brush our teeth or wash dishes. Take a quick second to turn the handle to “off” and preserve water each day!
4. Upgrade Insulation: A well-insulated home can save you money! Insulation helps keep your warmed or cooled air inside the home. Check the attics and walls of older homes to see if upgrades are needed. This money spent will pay you back in the long run.
5. Check for cracks: Air escapes through cracks around windows and doors. It is essentially wasted energy. Check windows and doors for leaks and fill them with caulking. Run your hands over the doors and windows to feel if there are any drafts
6. Change lightbulbs to CFLs: These new bulbs might look a little funny and cost a bit more initially, but they last longer and save tons of money in the long run.
7. Use a laptop: Did you know a laptop uses less energy than a desktop unit? For home use consider using a laptop. Not only will you save energy, but you’ll save space as well.
8. Unplug appliances: Even if an appliance isn’t in use, it is still pulling a small amount of power. Unplug appliances when they’re not in use. Even small changes can have a big impact if everyone does it!
9. Wash in cold water: Once you have those Energy Star appliances, be sure to wash in cold water when you can. It uses less energy!
10. Recycle! Most cities have recycling centers where you can drop off metal, glass, paper, cardboard, and plastic. Keep extra bins in your garage, spend a few extra minutes sorting your trash, and do your part of save the environment.
Do your part to help make the Earth a healthier place. Future generations will thank you!