We rely on fossil fuels which are, of course, not renewable, so until we can replace them we have to conserve what we’ve got. And there are ways we can do that in our own homes.
One way to conserve energy is to look for an electric provider that offers a carbon offset program or a renewable energy credit purchase plan. A carbon offset program means that you purchase offsets, which are like donations. Your electric company in turn gives money to non-profits that work to reduce greenhouse gases. A renewable energy credit purchase plan mean that your utility will give you credits for purchasing energy-saving appliances. You can find out more by visiting www.electricitycompaniestexas.com.
You can save energy at home by doing something as simple as unplugging appliances. The Department of Energy says that 75 percent of electricity in homes is used by plugged-in devices that are turned off. This is called “phantom load,” and a report from U. C. Berkley says it accounts for 6 percent of America’s electrical consumption. A convenient way to turn off devices is to plug them into a power strip, and then turn the power strip off.
Another way to save energy at home is to use compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs. They use 75 percent less energy and produce 75 percent less heat. They also last 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb, and can save 30 to 40 over their lifetime. They come in a variety of shades, and some are dimmable. Some people are concerned because they contain mercury, but they actually don’t emit any mercury.
If you need new large appliances like a washer and dryer (which always seem to give out at the same time) it’s a good opportunity to get energy-efficient ones. Make sure they say Energy Star. They’re approved by the EPA, and they use between 10 and 50 percent less energy and water. There are all kinds of Energy Star products, including computers, other electronics, building products, and lighting and fans. Some of them are higher-priced, but they save on energy costs in the long run.
Conserving energy at home not only helps out the world, it also helps out your own bottom line, and everyone likes money. Then, it’s also nice to know you’re making a difference in the world.
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Green living is becoming more the norm rather than the exception. From new technologies that have significantly decreased our collective carbon footprint to the recent deluge of second-hand building material suppliers, going green is better for the environment and better for our health. Here are five simple ways you can go green and improve your health at the same time.
1. Check your furnace’s air filter every month and change it when it’s dirty. Not only will you considerably improve your indoor air quality, but your furnace will require less energy to keep you comfortable.
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You have probably heard people speaking about the energy crisis at a global level, and you are also worried about how this will all affect you personally. When your energy bills seem to keep rising, you can take a few steps to help to lower these costs.
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Caring for the environment and caring for our bodies don’t have to be separate. Looking after your own health benefits you, the people around you and our planet. There are plenty of green ways to stay healthy and happy.
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