Quick tips to help you save energy now
We all know that we should be doing things to save energy but exactly how is one supposed to do that? To help you put your money where your mouth is…or something like that…we’ve listed some quick tips that you can start putting into action now–courtesy of the Department of Energy.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label.
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
- Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving—speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking—wastes gasoline. (And don’t miss these gas savings tips at fueleconomy.gov.)
- Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency