Energy Efficient Light bulbs
Looking for an easy way to save energy? ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use up to 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. In fact, if every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, enough energy would be saved in one year to light more than 3 million homes.
That funny looking light bulb can make a huge difference
Replacing one incandescent light bulb with an energy-saving compact fluorescent bulb means 1,000 pounds less carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere and $67 dollars is saved on energy costs over the bulb's lifetime. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Alliance to Save Energy.
Recycling aluminum saves energy
Creating a new aluminum can from scratch takes 95% more energy than making a can from recycled aluminum (Source).
Save on electricity
Most electricity is generated using fossil fuels. This makes electrical generation one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gasses to the ecosystem. By using less electricity you can reduce these emissions. There are lots of ways to reduce electrical consumption. In our climate using more efficient insulation is a great way to save on power. Using energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs gives better lighting with less power usage. Using newer appliances like refrigerators and washers and dryers is also a way to become more energy efficient.
“For example, if all the world's 1 million PC's were powered down for just one night - it would save enough energy to light up New York City's Empire State Building - inside and out - for more than 30 years” Source: 1E Energy Awareness Campaign.
Slow Down! Reducing your speed to 55 mph from 65 mph may increase your fuel efficiency by as much as 15 percent; cut it to 55 from 70, and you could get a 23 percent improvement. National Geographic Society, Green Guide
Clean your gutters before the first snow to avoid ice damage
Worried about chemicals but still want your house to be clean? Then vinegar might be your new best friend. Distilled white vinegar is considerably cheaper than all-purpose cleaners, is environmentally-friendly and safe and has a plethora of applications. For recipes for do-it-yourself vinegar cleaners, click here.
Make Your Fridge Efficient
- Clean the coils every six months to help use less energy and save money.
- How? First, unplug your refrigerator or turn off the circuit breaker. Second, flip up, or remove, the kick plate or toe grill. Clean with a vacuum attachment or bottle brush.
- Keep your refrigerator temperature between 38 and 40 degrees, and your freezer temperature between 0 and 5 degrees.
Washer and Dryer
Wash your clothes in cold water rather than warm or hot water. You could eliminate 500 pounds of CO2 emissions per year, plus make your clothes last longer. Source: www.climatecrisis.net Clean the lint filter on your dryer before each load. You could reduce your energy use by 30 percent.
Facts and Benefits of hanging your clothes outside to dry:
- Saves money (up to an average of $25/month).
- Clothes last longer (jeans up to 50% longer as lint is worn out fabric).
- Saves energy - Up to 20,000 BTUs/hour in the summer (2x's that in winter) & 1 top of poisonous gases created to run a dryer for 1 year. Based on 9 loads/week.
- Great exercise especially for arms and waist.
- Improves mental health - fresh air, wind, sunshine, slower pace.
- Laundry smells great and no need to buy dryer sheets.
- Sunlight is a natural bleach/disinfectant for white clothes. Hang colored clothes inside out to prevent color distortion.
- Reduce ironing by shaking out clothes before hanging and folding when removing from line. The wind blows the wrinkles out for free.
- Increases humidity if hung inside during the winter. Reduces heat/humility in house in the summer by not using the dryer.
- Prevents dryer fires.
- Many million metric tons of carbon dioxide could be reduced from going into the atmosphere yearly if the majority of households dried their clothes outside for 10 months/year.
- Exercise YOUR “right to dry” your clothes as you wish. It is prohibited in some areas.
Stake out Electronic Vampires in "standby mode"
TVs, stereos, DVD players, etc. use almost as much electricity running in standby mode as they do when they are actually on. For convenience put them on a power strip and switch them off when you are not using them. Save money too.