How can we live lightly on the Earth and save money at the same time?
Climate change is in the news. It seems like everyone’s “going green.” We’re glad you want to take action, too. Luckily, many of the steps we can take to stop climate change can make our lives better. Our grandchi ldren-and their children-will thank us for living more sustainably. Let’s start now. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars
- Save energy to save money.
1. Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
2. Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
3. Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
4. Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying. If you must use a dryer, consider adding dryer balls to cut drying time.
5. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
- Keep electronics out of the trash.
1. Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
2.Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxins and is a growing environmental problem.
3. Recycle your cell phone.
4. Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.