Use less electricity

Use less electricity

Turning down the air conditioning and heating, switching to renewable energy sources or turning off lights, TVs and computers are great ways to use less electricity and fight climate change. Using programmable thermostats, proper insulation while also sealing leaks and drafts will improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling units. Changing regular (incandescent) light bulbs to compact fluorescent or LED lights will also help with energy savings.

By using less electricity, you also reduce your personal emissions and help fight global warming all at the same time.

Think Global, Act Local With “Solarize” Campaigns

“Solarize” campaigns are a growing grassroots movement to bring the benefits of solar energy to residential communities through collective purchasing agreements. The Solarize movement began in one neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, in 2009 and has now spread to more than 150 communities throughout Portland and across Oregon and the rest of the United States.

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How can I save money, water and the environment by doing my laundry?

Did you know that the average washing machine in America uses about 41 gallons of water per load and is the second largest water user in a typical household? Between the water used for washing machines and electricity used for energy-intensive dryers, laundry accounts for a total of 847,445 million gallons of water, 241 thousand GWh of electricity, and 179 million metric tons of CO2-e emissions in the U.S. each year.

Each load of laundry produces a huge carbon footprint:

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How To Reduce Electric Consumption? Unplug it!

One of the important steps in combating climate change is reducing our electric consumption. Reducing power consumption should strive to reduce devices energy use or simply reduce the time items are consuming electricity ( Floyd and Webber 1998, 1.97). The good news is using less electricity might be much easier than you think.

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The quickest and easiest things we could change to start reducing our carbon footprint in 2015

Green New Years resolutions can be significant.  Here is how my family goes about it.  First my husband and I have to agree on the goal.  Since we are a household, it does no good if I say that we are going to stop using paper towels when my husband will just go and buy more. If it is something that needs to be accomplished together then it’s time to call a family meeting.  Once we all agreed on a goal we make sure it is not so big that we never get around to it.

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How can you reduce your carbon footprint by 20% at home?

In the United States, personal transportation makes up a quarter of the way most of us individually contribute to global warming. Stuff we buy is another 28%, and home energy use makes up 32% of our carbon footprint. ( The Union Of Concerned Scientists, 2012) Making a difference at home may be one of the easiest places to start to take responsibility for our contribution to this global problem and mark a significant difference.

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