With the world on the borders of major environmental disasters, global warming and rising sea levels, it is necessary that everybody gets together to conserve energy and make the planet a better place to live in for generations to come. By doing so, you not only save precious resources through lower demand for such fossil fuels as oil, coal and natural gas, you also save money on cleaning up the after effects of unbridled pollution levels. When you burn less fossil fuel, you lower emissions of carbon dioxide which is primarily responsible for global warming.
All of us can play a role in conserving energy. Here are a few tips you can do well to follow.
Using home appliances – Ensure that your refrigerator is set at 37 degrees and your freezer not less than 3 degrees. Anything below this wastes energy. Check periodically to see if gaskets are clean and tightly sealed. Run your washing machine on warm and not hot water. This saves substantial energy per year. Keep your water heater thermostat at 120degee F. When you change your old appliances, buy the most energy efficient ones at sizes that will suit your needs and not necessarily the biggest ones.
Make small crucial investments – Small action taken by you can result in major cuts in energy consumption. Replace conventional fluorescent bulbs and tubes with compact fluorescent bulbs at high use areas. These are priced higher but consume a quarter of energy resulting in long term savings in energy bills. You can preserve hot water by attaching low flow shower. Most importantly, ensure that your home is insulated well. Use caulk and weather stripping to plug leaks around windows and doors. Or better still call for a home energy audit and implement the recommendations.
Reduce waste – Huge amount of energy is consumed at waste disposal and recycling plants every year. You can help reduce these expenses. Buy minimally packaged products and select ones that are reusable. It is estimated that using recycled materials instead of basic raw materials reduce consumption of paper by 55%, glass by 33% and aluminium by a staggering 90%.
These are some tips you can implement in your daily lives. When you do so you are contributing your mite to a cleaner and better world.