Saving energy is something we can all do to save our planet and it’s resources for our children and grandchildren. Otherwise their future is bleak. Our wastefulness today leaves them in jeopardy tomorrow.
There are many small ways to save on energy bills and also save our natural resources. Incandescent light bulbs are cheap so turn them off whenever you leave the room. It doesn’t matter if it’s life is shortened slightly. On the other hand, compact fluorescent light bulbs aren’t cheap and one will save you $30 in electricity charges in it’s life span over an incandescent. So use your own judgment on this one.
For a hot water load of laundry about 90 percent of the energy used to wash the clothes goes to heating the water. Washing in cold water will get rid of most dirt and stains other than the worst of dirt and oily stains. Switch from hot to warm to cut energy in half and cold for even greater energy savings.
Modern dishwashers use as little as two gallons of water. The new ones use 95 percent less electricity than those of 30 years ago and they clean so thoroughly that there’s no reason to prerinse. Washing a sink full of dishes by hand will use at least four gallons of water. It makes sense to use the dishwasher. Wash only full loads and hit the air-dry option.
Don’t bother to clean your plastic recyclables unless they are really gunky. Do it to keeps pests out of your recycle bins if you must. A quick rinse it all they need. In some locations you must take the caps off soda bottles before recycling others do not insist. It’s better to leave them off because bottle caps can jam processing equipment. If it matters to you check for your location.
For less energy usage blow dry your hands after washing in restrooms. One study found that 9 trees were cut down to supply the average fast food restaurant with napkins and paper towels for a year. The used napkins and towels created 1,000 pounds of landfill waste. Try to avoid using paper napkins and paper towels.
Take your own canvas bags for shopping. The main ingredient in plastic bags is fossil fuel and in the making of them. Turning timber into paper bags isn’t any better. Paper mills contribute to acid rain, global warming, and respiration ills. Trucking them across the country means using more gas and more noxious fumes to contend with. All these bags will eventually go into a landfill where they will last a thousand years and in the meantime will release methane gas which is linked to global warming.
It doesn’t make much difference if you open your car windows or use the air conditioner. You will use a bit more gas with the air conditioner on, and also with the drag of open windows. Don’t bother to warm your car up on a cold morning. Turn your switch on and go. Cars warm up faster when driven.
To save more energy unplug your electronics when not in use. Millions of dollars are wasted keeping electronics warm while not in use. Don’t worry about the extra power to start it up. The extra power your computer uses for start up is only the first two minutes of use. If you can’t bear to unplug, powering down saves a lot.
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