More Conservation Tips
It’s cheaper to save energy than to make energy. No cost and Low Efficiency Tips
Turn water heater down to 120 F (49C)
Clean refrigerator coils with vacuum
Switch refrigerator to power miser settings (if available)
Set it to 36-39F (2-3C)
Set freezer to 0-5 F (-18 to –15 C)
Keep refrigerator/freezer FULL (freeze or keep water cold)
Turn off water while shaving and brushing teeth
Use cold water for wash; wash full loads
Use the right size pot/pan when cooking
Drain some water from your hot water tank to remove sediment
Turn down Thermostat 10 degrees F (5.5C) at night
Turn down thermostat 10 degrees when leaving for 4 or more hours
Keep curtains open on south side of the house during the day
Keep curtains closed on north windows
Dress in layers of clothing
Close curtains on sunny sides of home
Turn off furnace pilot light
Open windows on cool sides of home
Wear loose, light colored clothing
Use fans to circulate air in home
LOW COST TIPS
Install low flow Shower heads and aerators on faucets
Insulate water heater
Insulate covers for electrical outlets and switches
Caulk on the inside of doors and windows
Insulate/caulk all pipe penetrations in walls and ceiling
Replace furnace filter every month in winter
Replace light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs
Purchase a water saving toilet or use toilet dams
Make a draft dodger for use on doors and windows
It’s more efficient to save energy than to make energy.
Every day you make tons of decisions that decide how much energy you consume. Want to consume
less and reduce your carbon footprint? Try these!
longer and cut down on CO2 emissions. It’s a win-win-win situation.
off as you leave rooms.
cordless tools, etc). Even though they may be turned off, the “standby” energy used is equal to that of a 75 watt light bulb
Windows, the power management settings are found on your control panel. Mac users, look for energy saving settings under
system preferences in the apple menu.
the computer off in a way that doesn't require you to reload everything when you switch it back on. Allowing your computer to
hibernate saves energy and is more time-efficient than shutting down and restarting your computer from scratch.
Though the majority of planet earth is water (look at a map and you can clearly see how many bodies
of waters there are!), only 3% of it can be used as drinking water. Let’s do something now to ensure
this lasts us!
(12) Shorten your showers to less than 10 minutes. Already doing it in less than 10 minutes? Make it 7.
plumbing in your house and repair the leaks as soon as possible.
thousands of gallons of water each year and your parents’ water bill will be lower!
quality of the drinking water they provide to customers.
garden pesticides and fertilizers can pollute the water. Some alternative are geraniums to repel Japanese beetles; garlic and
mint to repel aphids; and marigolds to repel whiteflies.
your sprinklers when it’s raining. On average, 50% - 70% of household water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens.
We all know that we are supposed to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but what exactly does that mean? It’s
not just putting your soda bottles out every week and using grocery bags as lunch bags. Here are some
other ideas that are easy enough for you to do and encourage others to do as well.
jars you buy food in and use them as Tupperware.
Sunday’s color comic section.
one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
newspaper/cardboard. Make a deal with your family that if they put their recyclables in the bins that you’ll take them to the curb.
they are dirty. Use dish towels to wipe up messes instead of paper towels. These, too, will help cut down on the amount of garbage your household
These break down easier in the environment and don’t deplete the ozone layer as much (although it’s better to nix the disposables and use
your parents to).
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