Increased energy demands are impacting our regions air quality. To help reduce energy consumption, you can change a few ways that you use energy in your home by adopting the following practices:
- Turn off lights when no one is in the room.
- Install energy efficient light bulbs that have received the Energy Star rating.
- Keep air vents clear of furniture and paper. Additional energy up to 25 percent can be required to distribute air when vents are blocked.
- Find and seal air leaks in your home to keep out hot or cold air.
- Install a programmable thermostat to reduce energy use when no one is home.
- In the winter, open south facing blinds to allow sunlight to provide natural heating and close blinds at night to reduce heat loss.
- Turn off and unplug printers, copiers, fax machines, cell phone battery chargers, power adapters and appliances when they are not in use.
- Turn off computers and monitors when not in use.
- Choose Energy Star rated appliances and electronics when available.
- Limit use of paper and plastic products and use reusable products to reduce the amount of waste that has to be transported to the landfill.
- Carpool or walk to work if possible.
- Check your tire pressure as fuel efficiency is reduced if your car tires have low pressure.
- Install energy efficient light bulbs that have received the Energy Star rating. For information on compact fluorescent bulbs and proper disposal visit Energy Star.
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