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Did you know the average home pollutes more than the average car? The great news is that even small changes help. By conserving more energy - and using wisely the energy you do need - it's easy to reduce your impact.
Whether it's flicking off the light switch or a major change like buying a hybrid, green choices mean a brighter future. Here are some tips to get you started.
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Half of the average electricity bill goes to heating and cooling your home. A programmable thermostat can cut this by up to 15% by automatically turning down your heater while you are not home. This will also cut your carbon footprint by about 2,000 lbs. annually. Simple and effective!
Changing to energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money. These bulbs last up to 10 times longer than regular ones while producing significantly less carbon. If you change only 10 bulbs in your home today, you can expect to save an average of $150 and 1,400 lbs of carbon every year!
Turn off home and office lights when you leave the room. Finished with your computer? Log off and shut down instead of “sleep mode” and save more than $100 per year.
Seal potential air leaks to stop heat from being wasted outside. Insulate your home with a high R-Value insulator (the higher the R-Value, the better the insulating power). This will cut your heating bill by 20%, potentially saving you up to $500, and reducing carbon emissions by close to 900 lbs.
Don't stand there with the fridge door open - it's a huge waste, since the appliance then has to work that much harder to get to the right temp. Think before you open the door, and go straight for the items that you need. And, keep your freezer full - that's how it works most efficiently.