August 3, 2012
Energy costs are rising and so are ecological concerns. Taking small steps in energy conservation brings great benefits to most consumer pocketbooks and is mostly common sense. Because lighting is responsible for approximately 10 percent of a home’s energy usage, just turning off lights and switching to compact fluorescent bulbs saves on energy costs. Moreover, motion sensors save on outside lighting by providing lights only when necessary. Unplugging devices that are not in use help prevent the leaking of “stand-by” power. Many electronic devices are always ready to be instantly on or provide remotes or digital clocks. Laptops use just a fraction of the energy that desktop computers do. Additionally, research shows that using an inexpensive energy monitor in the home helps consumers save because they have an eye on their daily usage.
Other energy saving measures include sealing up air leaks around doors and windows, improving insulation, and changing filters often. Lowing thermostats during the winter and raising temperatures during the summer help save as well. Fans can enhance air circulation and make rooms more comfortable. When buying appliances, consumers should always check for the Energy Star symbol for quality. Finally, plant shade trees and shrubs because they help the environment on so many levels. What’s 1 more click? Your boss isn’t watching… Compact fluorescent bulbs may harm skin