Conserving energy does not have to be a chore. By taking a few simple steps, you can not only achieve savings on your electricity bill but can help to save the planet too. Here are twenty things you can do to conserve energy:
1. Insulate Your Home
To save around 30% on your home heating bills and to reduce your carbon dioxide emissions, insulate your home. If you reside in a cool climate, consider super-insulation.
2. Leave Your Car At Home
Where possible, walk, cycle or use public transport. This will save you money and aid in reducing the size of your carbon footprint.
3. Weatherproof Your Home
Plug any air leaks around the doors and windows in your home.
4. Plant Shade Trees in Your Garden
Shade trees will absorb carbon dioxide from the air.
5. Replace Your Windows
Replace your windows with triple-glazed windows to save on the cost of heating your home.
6. Switch Your Light Bulbs
Purchase energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs for your home. They offer bright light yet use much less energy than that used by an ordinary bulb.
7. Target Your Employer
Ask your employer about the implementation of the company’s environmental policies. Help your colleagues to adhere to these policies by raising awareness of environmental issues.
8. Do Not Overheat Your Rooms
Take care not to overheat your rooms. Set your thermostat so that it is at an appropriate temperature for the season in which you are in. Lowering your thermostat by as little as two degrees during the winter months can save on heating-related carbon dioxide emissions.
9. Watch Your Product Purchases
Reduce the amount of waste that you produce by purchasing goods in minimal packaging and by selecting reusable products as opposed to disposable ones. Always recycle household waste through local recycling facilities.
10. Vote to Help the Environment
During the next elections, vote for candidates who are keen to help the environment.
11. Keep Your Water Heater Warm
Buy an insulating jacket for your water heater. This can help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
12. Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances
When replacing old appliances, take the time to look for energy-efficient models.
13. Maintain Your Air Conditioning Units
If you have installed air conditioning units in your home, ensure that you regularly maintain them. Replacing or cleaning dirty air conditioning filters can help you to save on carbon dioxide emissions.
14. Maintain Your Car’s Air Conditioning Unit
If your vehicle is equipped with an air conditioning unit, ensure that its coolant is collected and recycled whenever the car is serviced. Leakage from car air conditioning units is a source of chlorofluorocarbons emissions (CFCs) which harm the ozone layer.
15. Turn down Your Thermostat The heating of water emits carbon dioxide. Turn down the temperature on your thermostat to help to keep your carbon dioxide emissions low.
16. Install a Low-Flow Shower Head
Low-flow shower heads can deliver an invigorating shower while saving you the environmental cost of heating gallons of water.
17. Choose Your Next Car with Care
When you purchase your next vehicle, select one that provides good mileage to reduce your annual carbon dioxide emissions.
18. Fill Your Dishwasher
Ensure that your dishwasher is full before you use it and always use it on the energy saver setting.
19. Wash Your Clothes on a Cool Setting
Refrain from washing your clothes in hot water – use the cool or warm setting instead.
20. Turn down Your Refrigerator
Refrigerators account for a considerable amount of your household electricity usage. Ensure that your fridge’s energy saving mode is switched on and that its doors shut tightly.
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