Basic Energy Saving Tips
Unplug Unused ElectronicsDo you know that electricity is still being used even when you are not using your household electronics. Even when your television, computer or other electronic item is not in use, it is still wasting valuable electricity. In order to reduce this needless waste, simply unplug your electronics when they are not in use.
Wash Full LoadsWhen doing laundry, make sure every load is a full load. When you only wash a few items of clothing at a time, you are wasting electricity (and water) and hurting the environment. No matter how you look at it, washing only full loads is the perfect eco-friendly practice.
Turn Off the LightsIf you really want to cut down on your use of electricity to help the environment, turn off lights in any room of your house that is not occupied by your family. Try to completely avoid turning on lights during the day because natural sunlight usually provides the perfect amount of daytime light.
Switch Light BulbsSwitch from Incandescent bulbs to CFLs. CFLs use about a fourth as much electricity and last ten times longer. The EPA estimates that a typical household would save $80 each year by switching to CFLs throughout the house.
Set The Temperature
Heating and cooling your home can use a lot of electricity, and that is why you should use your home’s furnace and air conditioner in a smart, eco-friendly way. When you are not home, try to turn to turn the furnace down a few degrees and your air conditioner to off. If nobody is home, there is no need to waste electricity by keeping your home super warm or cold.
Energy Star Products
Energy Star qualified products meet energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. These products include appliances, ceiling fans, electronic equipment, phones, CFL bulbs, computer equipment and several other products that use energy. Visit Energy Star's website for a complete list of products or call 888-782-7937.