Easy ways to start saving energy today:
Always turn lights off in rooms that are not in use. Think twice
before printing, and when ever possible recycle!
- Unplug electronics and appliances when they are not
in-use. To make it easier, try using a surge protector or power strip
that has an on/off switch. That will make turning your appliances on and
off. When appliances are plugged in, even if they are not "on" they can
still consume the energy of a 75-100 watt light bulb running constantly.
- Save energy by turning your computer off or put it in
stand-by or hibernate mode. Computer hibernation is the best way to conserve
energy with your computer. Starting it when it is completely off uses
more power than start up from a hibernation state.
- Rechargeable batteries are a great way to cut down on
waste. If you are able to recharge batteries, you won't be recycling or
throwing away as much waste.
- Setting your refrigerator to between 38-42 degrees Fahrenheit
and freezer to 0-5
degrees Fahrenheit will save energy too. It's always best to use any energy-save
options on appliances; they will conserve the most energy.
- Appliances like ovens can use a lot of energy. If you
keep the door closed for the length of the time that you are cooking,
heat stays in and uses less energy to stay heated.
- Microwaves are a way to cut down energy consumption.
If you reheat and cook small meals with a microwave you won't have to
use the energy it takes to heat an entire oven.
- Use dishwashers on their short cycle for full loads.
Turn the washer off during the dry cycle.
- Remember when using your washer and dryer there are
ways to save energy too. Set the water to cold. If you have a small load,
set the water to small. Dryers should always have a clean lint tray. Don't
add wet clothes to those that are mostly dry.