Celebrate Earth Day: Energy Saving Tips for a Greener Future

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With Earth Day this week, now is a great time to reflect on the easy ways we can save energy and reduce our carbon footprint together.

Virginia Energy Sense had the opportunity to connect with Virginians in celebration of Earth Day at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond.  

The Science Museum held an Earth Day festival on Saturday, April 13. Members of the community came together to learn more about recycling, pollution, gardening, carbon footprints, and energy saving. Virginia Energy Sense was on hand to provide information, resources, and materials at its community partner table. We heard from Virginians about some of their favorite ways to conserve energy and save money on their electric bill.

From that, we compiled a list of proven tips that you can use to save energy this spring:  

  • Switch to LED lightbulbs. LED lightbulbs use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last much longer. Make the switch to LEDs throughout your home to save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.   
  • Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into the home. If you have a window or through-the-wall air conditioning unit, use the insulation materials included to minimize leaks. 
  • Close curtains and blinds during the day. Doing this blocks the sun’s heat and reduces cooling costs. After dark on cool nights, open the windows for a refreshing breeze.  
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes, and consider switching your washing machine temperature setting to cold. According to ENERGY STAR, 90% of the energy used to operate a washing machine comes from heating the water. 

Have you found helpful energy saving guidance on VirginiaEnergySense.org? Share it with your friends, neighbors, and family members! When we work together as a community to reduce our carbon footprint, we help to build a sustainable future.