Implement these top free and easy actions to get started with your energy savings today. Combined, these actions can help you save up to 10% on your total energy use. Don’t see your favorite energy saving action on this list? Share it below in the comment section.
Change Your Light bulbs – EASY
Replacing your old-fashioned incandescent bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs can save you as much as 4% on your overall energy use! This is a simple step, and a great place to start!
Turn Down your Thermostat! – FREE
Turning your thermostat down just a few degrees in winter will help save you more than 3% of your energy use. Turning your air conditioner thermostat up just a few degrees in summer can save even more.
Take Shorter Showers! – FREE
Challenge yourself to take a 5-10 minute shower. Need a fun way to time yourself? Make a 5-10 minute playlist/CD and bathe to the beats.
Use Cold Water! – FREE
Wash clothes in cold water – which can save up to 1.5% of your energy; double that savings by avoiding the clothes dryer, instead use a clothes-rack or line to dry your clothes.
CARPOOL! – FREE
Going to the same place as your friends? Share a ride, and stories, on the way. And save money on fuel while you’re at it. If you carpool regularly, you can save as much as 4% on your total energy use!
Drink from the Tap! – EASY
Bottled water uses a lot of energy – it needs to be bottled, transported, and then the bottles become waste. For a fun video on bottled water, and to learn more, watch Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Bottled Water” à http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/
Buy locally! – EASY
Challenge yourself to visit one local business, whether it’s a café, clothing store, or food store. Buying locally grown food and locally made items helps our local economy but also means less energy used to ship food and items across continents and states!
Maintain Correct Tire Pressure – EASY
Maintaining your car manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure can save you more than 1.2% on gas used. If you’ve never checked your own tire pressure before, ask a friend or, visit a local full-service station.