Tip of the Month for September
Energy Efficiency at Home
Reducing energy usage in your home has many benefits. If we take measures to reduce our energy consumption, the utility companies use less fossil fuel to generate electricity and we are contributing to the reduction of green house gas emissions that cause climate change. The production of electricity in our power plants is the largest contributor to green house gases emitted in the US. The added benefit is that is saves you money in your monthly bills.
There are many ways that you can reduce energy use in your home. Here are a few to consider:
- Turn off the lights that you are not using.
- Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
- Change or clean your furnace and air conditioner filters regularly to keep heating and cooling systems running efficiently.
- Install a programmable thermostat to regulate your heating and cooling when you are not home.
- Install ceiling fans to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
- Do full loads when you use clothes washers and dishwashers.
- Choose cold or warm cycles over hot cycles because heating the water for laundry consumes 90 percent of the energy of the laundry process.
- Hang your clothes to dry either on a clothesline or a clothes tree, at least some of the time. In the winter, this is a natural humidifier in a dry room.
- Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, cardboard and newspapers. Using recycled materials in manufacturing consumes less energy than using virgin materials.
LRNow will show you how you can save energy in your home with low-cost and no-cost solutions. Come to our workshop on September 29th, 6:30-7:30 at the Brock Environmental Center and receive a FREE Energy-Efficiency Kit with each registered person.