Increased energy-efficiency and resource
conservation are good for the environment and good for
the economy. Indeed, they are good for all of us.
Energy efficient lighting will lower
your electric bill. Tightening up your house will reduce your heating
bill. Using water-saving aerators will lower your water usage. All
of these will save you money while helping the environment.
Where to start?
Lighting. The best options for energy efficient lighting are LED light bulbs. Replacing
a 60 watt incandescent light bulb with a 12.5
watt compact fluorescent bulb will save 85 kWh of electricity
annually and can reduce associated carbon dioxide emission
by over 100 pounds (based on 5 hours per day use and 1.34 lbs
CO2/kWh). This Philips Lighting bulb will last more than 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb, more than twice as long as most compact fluorescent lights, and delivers an excellent quality of light.
Water. Replace your current showerhead with a real water-saving showerhead.
Commonly available 2.5 gpm "water-saving" showerheads
aren't really water-saving, since this flow-rate is probably
what you already have. Putting in a 1.6
gpm showerhead can reduce your water use by over 3,500 gallons
a year (assuming a 10 minute daily shower). And this Evolve showerhead has a unique feature that will help to reduce wasted water even before you get in the shower.
Controls. When you turn off electronics, really turn them off. Many electronic
devices consume power all the time, such as monitors, printers,
DVD players, and other home office and home entertainment equipment.
An advanced powerstrip such as this Belkin model will insure that these devices are not only protected against
surges, but when the main item is turned off, power is also
cut to all the related items.
Look for the ENERGY STAR® mark. Think what you can do.
this site you will find ENERGY
STAR® qualified products. ENERGY
STAR is the government-backed program that helps us all save money
and protect our environment with energy-efficient products and practices.
Whether you are looking to replace old appliances, remodel your home,
or buy a new house, ENERGY
STAR can help. More than 60 types of products, including appliances,
televisions, computers, heating and cooling equipment, and even new homes
can earn the government's ENERGY
STAR label. ENERGY
STAR also offers best-practice solutions to make your home more comfortable
and reduce your energy costs. Many of the products we offer have earned
the government's ENERGY STAR label. Using more efficient products is one
way each of us can make a difference, and energyfederation.org makes it easy.
Join EFI in increasing public awareness about energy issues through Earth Hour 2013