Energy conservation refers to the steps we take to reduce our energy consumption through simple practices or through the use of energy-efficient products. We can reduce our energy consumption by implementing simple energy-saving practices in our daily lives, such as turning off lights and electronic devices when not in use or washing and drying only full loads of clothes.
Energy conservation can also be achieved through the use of energy-efficient products, such as compact fluorescent lights and Energy Star appliances.
There are a variety of simple steps you can take at home to help save energy throughout the year. These practices will not only save energy but will reduce your utility bill.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Making this simple switch saves approximately 75% of the lighting costs.
- Wash only full loads of laundry and use cold water whenever possible. Eighty-five to ninety percent of the energy used to wash clothes in warm/hot water is used to heat the water.
- Plug home electronics into a power strip and turn off the power strip when the equipment is not in use.
- Turn off appliances or lights when not in use.
- When replacing home appliances, look for products that have the Energy Star label. Energy Star appliances meet strict energy efficiency guidelines established by the U. S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.
- In summer months, set your thermostat to 78 degrees. Turning up your air conditioning just 5 degrees can result in a 10% savings in energy costs.
- Use ceiling or portable fans to cool your home during the summer months.
For more energy saving information, visit your electric company’s website.