Saving energy is half the battle won when it comes to protecting the environment and reducing our carbon footprints. There are many things that you can do at home and at work to save energy and do your part for the environment. The good news about going green is that you will also be saving yourself some money.
The tips can be utilized by individuals, communities, businesses, or any other group or organization.
- Use less electricity. Electricity is still mainly supplied by burning fossil fuels. There are some cities and countries that have successfully implemented alternative energy sources, but many places are still relying on fossil fuels for energy. You can use less energy or electricity by switching off lights and appliances that are not in use. Unplug appliances that are not being used. You can also save on energy by using natural light and warmth for longer. This will reduce the need for using your heating and cooling systems for long periods. Instead of using heaters, cuddle up under a blanket and dress warmly. We’re sure you get the idea and can figure out other ways how you can save energy in your home or business.
- Use less water. Only wash clothes or dishes when you have a full load. This will reduce the number of times you need to run the washer and it will ensure efficient use of water. Let the dishes air dry instead of using the washer’s dry cycle to save on energy. Take short showers instead of baths. This will reduce the loss of too much warm water and your water heater working overtime.
- Use Energy Star products. Energy Star approved products are products that have been proven to be eco-friendly and will help save the environment, make your home more green, and save you money in the long run. You can find many different types of appliances and equipment with Energy Star approval.
- Fix problems. Leaky faucets or pipes, cracks in windows and doors, and poor insulation can all cause an increase in water and energy use. To make sure this doesn’t happen, check all your door and window frames and seal them well if needed. A lot of a home’s heat can get out through those cracks. Leaky faucets and toilets can add quite a big number to your water bill. Fix these issues as soon as you notice them to avoid unexpected and unwanted water bills.
These are only four very simple tips, but it will already make a huge difference. A simple change in our thinking and behavior can make a big difference. So, have a look at where you can save energy in your home and business and also look at ways that you can make a difference in your community’s energy use. Together, you can make a change.