Top 5 Reasons to Conserve Energy

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Energy efficiency and conservation have numerous benefits for both the environment and human health. These include reductions in air pollution, acid rain and global warming; oil spills and water pollution; loss of wilderness areas and biodiversity; construction of new power plants; foreign energy dependence and the risk of international conflict over energy supplies.  Our actions today will affect future generations.

Conserve to:

  1. Reduce your electricity bills (keep in mind that 50% of electricity generated in the USA is from coal-fired power plants which negatively impact the health of miners and the environment. Burning coal also emits many by-products, pollutants, and greenhouse gases. In addition, our power grid is not very efficient in generation, transmission, and distribution of energy, so it takes more resources to generate power.
  2. Reduce your heating bills.
  3. Reduce air, water, and soil pollution which will result in improved health for children, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems or sensitivity to chemicals, and the general public at large, as well as for wildlife and the environment in general.
  4. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming potential.
  5. Reduce demand for nuclear power (and disposal of high-level radioactive waste), as well as for fossil fuels such as coal, oil, natural gas, & propane.

So, what are some easy things you can do to save energy?

  1. Turn off lights when not needed.
  2. When incandescent lightbulbs burn out, replace them with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) which use about 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer!  LEDs use even less energy and don’t contain trace amounts of mercury.
  3. Plug your computer equipment and entertainment equipment into surge protector power strips.  This will not only protect your equipment from daily power surges and lengthen the lifespan of such equipment, but you’ll be able to turn everything off with just one flick of the switch before going to bed or when you’re away from home.
  4. Properly maintain your heating system and appliances to keep them operating efficiently.
  5. Wash your clothes in cold water since 85-90% of the energy used for the washing machine is to heat water.
  6. Caulk and seal around windows, doors, and other drafty areas in your home.
  7. Add inexpensive, insulating foam inserts to all outlets and lightswitches located on perimeter walls.

Learn more from the U.S. Department of Energy

photo courtesy of Alan Turkus

Tag(s): Energy, Green Living, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming, Hazardous Products / Health Issues, Money Saving

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2 Responses to “Top 5 Reasons to Conserve Energy”

  1. mike @ green tips on August 18th, 2009 11:36 pm

    This is a pretty elementary list for conserving energy yet it’s surprising how many households still aren’t making the effort. Thanks for posting.
    Mike

  2. Muchai Kamweru on June 26th, 2011 12:47 pm

    If energy can properly be conserved, we can save our tomorrow generation. Let’s work together to conserve our resources

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