More Ways to Save
Sometime saving energy is about ingenuity, but more often it’s about little things, easy steps that cumulatively can have a big impact. Have you considered these options?
Turn on the stars! Energy is wasted with overzealous outdoor lighting. Light pollution mars much of the night sky reducing our enjoyment of the heavens and impacting nocturnal wildlife. Turn on the lights only when needed. Install motion detectors. Look for lights that are shielded so their light shines down and, of course, look for the most efficient bulb to do the job. Solar-powered lights may be an option. For a gaze at the universe of dark sky friendly lighting fixtures, visit here.
Make your appliances green. The energy star label makes it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort. Energy star appliances can be 10% -30% more energy efficient than conventional appliances. Find energy star products here.
Do it better. There are plenty of ways to save watts with your existing appliances. Run washing machines, clothes dryers, and dishwashers with a full load. Periodically vacuum your refrigerator coils. Turn off your air conditioner, computer, and other appliances when you leave the house. Unplug televisions and other electronics when leaving for long periods of time. Wash clothes in cold water and on gentle cycle. Give the dryer a rest and let nature do the work—use a clothesline.