Ecology And Environment

Save Energy and go Green

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Saving energy is vital to aiding efforts to save the environment and it can save you money. Going green isn't as hard as it sounds, in fact you can go green and save energy with little effort. Changing habits is the easiest way to go green, simple things such as turning lights off and using lids when cooking can aid in energy savings.

The air conditioning in our homes is the main source of energy usage in most homes. Turning the thermostat up just a few degrees during the summer and down a few degrees during the winter will aid in saving energy and being greener. We can even save energy and be green when we do laundry.

When it comes time to replace the washing machine purchasing a front load washer will allow you to use less energy and water. Washing clothes in cold water saves energy as well; if you have a top load washing machine washing only full loads of laundry will assist you in saving energy by reducing the number of times that it is ran each month. When it comes time to dry the clothes resisting the urge to use a clothes dryer and hanging them out will save energy and assist you in going green.

The rest of the appliances in the home should be turned off when not in use. Things such as refrigerators and freezers can not be turned off although they can be set to energy saver mode at times. Not over stuffing them and allowing items to cool before putting them away will aid in saving energy.

Taking a look around the house will show that most of us are over plugged in. What does that mean? There are tons of electronic gadgets available today, most of them come with rechargeable batteries which we are obsessed with ensuring are constantly at a full charge. Making sure that all of those charges are unplugged when we take those gadgets off of them will aid in green energy savings. A nice decrease in the light bill will show you that you are saving energy.

When it comes to saving energy and being green simply turning the lights off is not enough. Changing to a more energy efficient light bulb that is a lower wattage equivalent than the ones currently in the home can aid in reducing the amount of heat in the home and saving energy every time the lights are turned on. When using kitchen appliances during cooking ensuring that you are being efficient is a step toward going green and saving energy.

Changing some habits and investing in energy saving appliances when it is time to replace them will aid in saving energy while going greener.

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