Think Outside the Box to Save Energy
Serious about saving energy? There are many ways to do so, that include changing the way we accomplish our everyday activities, and pay
for food and other goods. To really save energy requires you to focus on how you use energy at home, work and at the grocery store. There are the everyday common
sense approaches and other ways to save that are not well known.
- Replace those regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs,
but only for lights that are used for extended periods of time. Compacts don't really provide the benefits if they are used only for
short periods of time so save you money.
- Turn off the lights and put your power hungry flat screen
TV and other electronic devices on an electricity diet. There's no
use in using power to just keep the electronic clock going or to
instantaneously have a picture. Attach the devices to a surge
protect so you can turn everthing off during the day.
- Purchase paper towels, books, stationary and business cards that
are made from recycled
materials. It costs less energy to make them
- Put your computer on standby mode instead of using energy when you are not around.
- Fill up the dishwasher entirely before you run it and use
shorter wash cycles.
- Clean the lint from the clothes dryer after each use so it dries
the clothes more efficiently
- Don't do the laundry, dishes, cooking or other energy intensive
activities between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, which coincides with peak
electricity and natural gas demand during the summer
- Consider using a fan during the summer and winter. Reverse the
blade rotation to better circulate heated air that rises toward the
ceiling. Do the exact opposite during the summer.
- Enroll in a Demand
Side Management (DSM) Program with your electricity supplier and
buy a programmable thermostat. Get paid to allow your electricity
supplier to curtail electricity use during the high demand peak periods
during the summer. This stabilizes the grid and keeps expensive power
peaking plants off line.
- Investigate grey
water heat recovery systems like the GFX . Since most of the heat
from bathing, washing clothes and dishes goes down the drain, these
systems recover some of it and send it back to the water tank. The end
result is that you won't have to heat the water as much to attain the
- Purchase locally grown vegetables and fruits since it costs less
to transport them to market. Also avoid buying fruits and veggies that
are out of season. The cost to transport them over long distances is
high and so is the energy used.
- Consolidate trips to the store, mall and go as a group. This is
like car pooling but you'll use less gasoline per trip and get
everything accomplished in one trip.