What to do first...
It's really pretty simple.
Increased energy efficiency and resource conservation are good for
the environment and good for the economy. Indeed, they are good for all
Energy efficient lighting will lower your electric bill.
Tightening up your house will reduce your heating bill. Using water-saving
aerators will lower your water usage. All of these will save you money while
helping the environment.
Where to start?
Install low-mercury compact fluorescent light bulbs. Replacing a 100 watt
incandescent light bulb with a 23
watt compact fluorescent bulb will save 141 kWh of electricity annually, and
can reduce associated carbon dioxide emission by 188 pounds (based on 5 hours
per day use and 1.34 lbs CO2/kWh).
|2. Replace your current
showerhead with a real water-saving showerhead. Commonly available 2.5 gpm
"water-saving" showerheads aren't really water-saving, since this flow-rate is
probably what you already have. Putting in a 1.75
gpm showerhead, however, will reduce your water use by 2,737 gallons a year
(assuming a 10 minute daily shower).
When you turn off electronics, really turn them off. Many electronic devices
consume power all the time, such as monitors, printers, DVD players, and other
home office and home entertainment equipment. A smart
powerstrip will insure that these devices are not only protected against
surges, but when the main item is turned off, power is also cut to all the
Using more efficient products is one way each of us can
make a difference, and energyfederation.org makes it easy.