SAVE ENERGY AND REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Turn your thermostat down by 2 degrees in the winter and up in the summer. Use a programmable thermostat. Reduce CO2 emissions by 0.62%. Use shades to keep out heat in summer. During winter months open shades on the southern and eastern windows during the day. Close these shades when the sun goes down to keep the heat from escaping.
If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, in one year it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 800,000 cars.
Dry your clothes outside on a clothesline or inside on a rack instead of putting them in the dryer.
Plan your driving activities and drive fewer miles per week and reduce your CO2 emissions.
Turn the lights off when you leave a room. A typical light bulb kept on for 24 hours per day will cost you about $75.00 each year. Try motion sensors that turn lights off automatically when everyone leaves a room. Use dimmers and 3-way bulbs.
Turn off the TV if you are not watching it.
Make sure the heat or A/C is turned down and the water heater is turned off before leaving for vacation? Use a timer for your lights.
Use cold water when doing laundry whenever possible.
Carpool whenever possible.
Enable the "sleep mode" feature on your computer. Configure your computer to "hibernate" automatically after 30 minutes or so of inactivity.
Insulate hot water pipes and electrical outlets
Shorten your showers.
Turn off the water while you're brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face.
A dripping faucet can waste up to 2,000 gallons/7,600 liters of water a year. Check the plumbing in your house and repair the leaks as soon as possible.
Invest in low-flush toilets, shower heads and faucet aerators. You’ll save thousands of gallons of water each year and your water bill will be lower!
Reduce your use of pesticides and fertilizers, and look for safer alternatives to control weeds and bugs. Lawn and garden pesticides and fertilizers can pollute the water.
Never water at the hottest time of day or when it's windy to make the most of the water you use outdoors.
Have a garden? Use mulch. It helps to conserve water by holding moisture in the earth longer.