Earth Day is April 22, and this year, “E” stands for energy efficiency. It serves as an important reminder that you can care for Mother Earth and reduce your energy bills at the same time. The cleanest, greenest energy is the energy we do not use. So this Earth Day, the Energy Education Council encourages you to discover ways that you can become more energy efficient.
An easy first step to learn more is to check out all of the helpful tips and resources on EfficiencyResource.org. The site has a variety of articles, videos, games and educational materials. Many people do not realize just how easy it is to cut their energy bill by replacing their most used incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lamps or light-emitting diodes. Even simpler, just unplugging electronics when they are not in use can save you money.
Here are some efficiency actions you can start incorporating into your energy habits this Earth Day:
- Put a thermal blanket, sold at hardware and home-improvement stores, on your older water heater to help water in the tank stay hot.
- Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to help you save water, which takes energy to pump and heat.
- Set your thermostat higher in the summer when you can accept warmer conditions. This generally includes nighttime and whenever you leave your home for several hours. Many people find it easier to use a programmable thermostat that can be set to automatically adjust.
- Separate your electricity and natural gas bills. Target the biggest bill for energy conservation remedies.
- Assess your heating and cooling systems and determine whether replacements are justified or whether you should retrofit them to make them work more efficiently and provide the same comfort (or better) for less energy.
- Insulate hot water pipes and air ducts that run through unheated areas.
- Have an energy auditor with a blower door determine where the worst cracks are. Small invisible cracks and holes may add up to as much as an open window or door—without you even knowing it! Call your electric cooperative to schedule an audit or to get a recommendation on hiring an energy auditor.
Unearth the information you need this Earth Day. Visit EfficiencyResource.org and make your energy use more efficient.