Simple Habits to Reduce Your Energy Costs and Consumption
Use less hot water
You can use less hot water by installing a low flow showerhead (350 pounds of CO2 saved per year) and washing your clothes in cold or warm water(500 pounds saved per year) instead of hot.
Only run your dishwasher when there’s a full load and use the energy-saving setting
You can save 100 pounds of CO2 per year.
Turn off electronic devices you’re not using
Turning off your television, DVD player, stereo, and computer when you’re not using them saves thousands of pounds of CO2 every year.
Unplug electronics from the wall when not using them
Even when turned off, things like cell phone chargers and televisions use energy. In fact, the energy used to keep display clocks lit and memory chips working accounts for 5 percent of total domestic energy consumption!
Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible
You can save 700 pounds of CO2 when you air dry your clothes for 6 months out of the year.
Be sure you’re recycling at home
You can save 2,400 pounds of CO2 a year by recycling half of the waste your household generates.
Buy locally grown and produced foods
The average meal in the United States travels 1,200 miles from the farm to your plate. Buying locally will save fuel and keep money in your community.
Buy fresh foods instead of frozen
Frozen food uses 10 times more energy to produce.
Seek out and support local farmers markets
They reduce the amount of energy required to grow and transport the food to you by one fifth.
Avoid heavily packaged products
You can save 1,200 pounds of CO2 if you cut down your garbage by 10%.
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