Improving our energy use not only helps you save money on your energy bills, but is also a great way to help the environment.

SAVING MONEY

The average household spends approximately $1,900 on energy bills per year – that’s a little over $150 per month. Here are a few energy-saving habits you can adopt to lower those bills.

Get unplugged. If you don’t use it often, leave it unplugged. For example, your cell phone charger can remain unplugged if you are not charging your cell phone. I know it’s much more convenient to be able to just hook your cell phone to the charger, but honestly, how much more time are you saving by plugging the charger to the socket and then hooking your phone to the charger?

Lights out please. “Duh,” you might say. But this is so easy to forget. Just try to remember to flick that switch downwards when leaving a room.

Use home appliances wisely and efficiently. Always wash a full load and wash with cold water. Clean the filters on your dryers. They really do dry your clothes in shorter period of time. Also, try not to mix your wet jeans with your t-shirts. Like washing your whites with whites and darks with darks, try to dry your heavy clothes with heavy clothes. I always line dry the heavier clothes.

Bundle up or strip down. Do you really need to have your AC on, and have it on ALL DAY? Adjust your thermostat a few degrees and put on a pair of shorts instead. Or put on a sweater in the colder days instead of turning on your heater.

Let your computer hibernate. I know many of you leave your computers on all day and all night. It’s difficult to surf the web while you are sleeping so why not configure your computer to hibernate after 30 minutes of inactivity? Also turn your monitor off before going to bed.

Replace your light bulbs. Most people are still using those old Thomas Edison light bulbs. Replace those with the compact fluorescent bulb. Not only do they save you $30 during it’s lifetime, but it also lasts longer than the regular bulbs.

Go Energy-Star. energystar1.jpg Appliances labeled with the ENERGY STAR label use 20 to 40 percent less energy. Some companies even offer rebates or free pick of your old appliances if you purchase an ENERGY STAR item. When purchasing your next appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR logo. Or, if you would like to get specific recommendations for your home or office, you can have an ENERGY STAR advisor contact you.

THE ENVIRONMENT

Being more energy efficient not only save you money on your energy bills, but it also helps the environment. Reducing our energy consumption means we are burning less fossil fuels, which is a major contributor of smog, acid rain, and global warming. Therefore, being more energy efficient means we are generating less pollution.

Our next generation is counting on us.

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