Residents can cut energy consumption by following the simple tips listed below.
You not only lower your energy bill but subsequently the energy production from coal, oil and natural gas. The greenhouse gases produced in association with energy from these fuels are one of the leading causes of global climate change.
As we depend on a healthy environment for our clean, abundant water, air, food, flood control, climate and natural resources, we need to learn how we affect the environment and be good stewards of it. At its most basic level, sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Please take a few moments and to read about the easy things you can do to help out.
What You Can Do to Help the Environment
HVAC: Turn down the heat. Wear sweaters in the colder months and in the summer turn up the thermostat and wear cooler clothes. Conduct a home energy audit to find out how to improve your home's insulation and energy efficiency.
Water: Insulate your water heater and pipes. Turn the temperature on your water heater down to 120 degrees or install and on-demand water heater. Take shorter showers an install low-flow showerheads and faucets. Wash clothes in cold water and use hot water for heavily-stained or soiled loads only.
Electricity: Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Install energy-efficient, compact fluorescent lights as these lights last longer and use less electricity. Turn off your computer when not in use for several hours or more. Use your microwave when possible. It uses a third of the energy of a conventional oven. Look for the Energy Star label when choosing to replace major appliances.