Saving Energy

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.

EXPERT TIPS

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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Front (and Fully) Load

Front-load washing machines are often much more efficient than conventional top loaders. Plus, waiting for a full load before doing laundry saves time, water and energy.

Microwave More

Microwave ovens use a lot of energy to operate, but because of drastically reduced cooking times, they actually use about 2/3 less energy than conventional ovens. They also generate less heat in the kitchen, reducing air conditioning costs in the summer.

Go Small

Consider buying a laptop instead of a desktop computer next time you upgrade. Laptops use significantly less energy. Plus, you can take it on the go and stay productive while you enjoy time away from your desk.

Consider Convection

Experts say convection ovens are usually more energy-efficient than conventional ovens because the heated air is continuously circulated around the food, reducing cooking times. On average, you could cut energy use by about 20%.

Use a Power Strip

A power strip puts all your home office equipment on a single strip. That means you can shut down as soon as you're done working, eliminating stand-by and other power modes.

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