Friday, April 25, 2008

Reduce Your Energy!

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for our final day of earth friendly celebrations, i am going to mention some fab eco tips to help save energy, & please comment to let us know ones we don't have listed here:

*hang your laundry to dry. i do it year round
from reused futon frames that my husband hung from our basement ceiling. hanging outside is also excellent!
*stock up on white towels and rags that can be used instead of paper towels
*switch lightbulbs!

If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. (info from

*drive the speed limit

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.21 per gallon for gas (at $3.00 per gallon).

So, the Fuel Economy Benefit of driving slower is between 7 and 23 percent. The equivalent gasoline savings is $0.21 to $0.71 per gallon. (info from

*unplug or shut off (hibernate) appliances when not in use, like your computer, and after your cell phone is charged. (good info on and

*shut off your lights when not in use

*adjust your thermostat. 75+ during the warmer months (85 when not at home), and 68 during the cooler (lower to 55 or off at night)

*try to cool house by using mother nature and fans more than your a.c.

i know there is way more we can do, but remember doing anything is better than nothing, and teaching your kids early will help in the long run!


Sarah said...

use clothe napkins. I also recommend using clothe bags when going grocery shopping (it is unbelievable how much plastic is thrown into landfills each year).

Sarah said...

oops i didn't read the post already mentioned clothe grocery bags. You rock

Lizzy @ The Tip Spot said...

Sarah: cloth napkins rock. I made a bunch with my scrap fabric a few months ago and love them. Bonus that my kids love picking and using their favorite ones.

Sarah said...

oops and I spelled cloth wrong..ahh