Energy use tends to be a familiar topic for most people, especially when it comes to paying the energy bill - but why is reducing our energy consumption so important? Energy has to come from somewhere. In most cases, power companies burn fossil fuels to harness energy to power our lives. Burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas builds excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This excess carbon dioxide acts as a heat-trapping blanket and warms our world. By working together, we can reduce our carbon footprint and help protect our environment. You might be surprised at how easy saving energy can be!
Ways you can personally contribute to energy conservation:
- Wait until you have a full load to do laundry or wash dishes.
- Check the settings on your dishwasher, washing machine or dryer, and use a lower setting if possible.
- Air dry clothing or dishes.
- Ensure that the seals around your refrigerator and freezer doors are sufficient.
- Store more in your freezer. Frozen items keep other items cool, requiring less energy of the freezer. You can even use frozen gallon jugs of water in your freezer to use even less energy.
- Use copper-bottomed pots when cooking. They conduct heat more efficiently.
- Use a microwave or toaster oven in place of the oven.
- Unplug electronics that you aren't using.
- Reduce use of your air conditioner. Turn up the thermostat a few degrees and be sure to keep lamps and other heat producing items away from the thermostat.
- Keep windows and doors tightly sealed.
- Choose solar and/or wind power as your electricity source.
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