Energy Conservation

Green Energy

Choosing green energy is an important way to protect your health while reducing your contribution to global warming. Green energy is electricity from renewable sources - sun, wind, water, biomass and geothermal. These renewable sources emit little pollution and, unlike nuclear production, leave no radioactive waste.

Solar panels in front of a blue sky

Some Things You Can Do

General Tips

  • Consider having a comprehensive audit done on your home. Make a plan of action.
  • Consider a hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicle when it's time to buy a new car.
  • Consider installing other energy sources such as solar panels, wind, or water power.
  • Recycle and choose recycled products whenever possible.
  • Rideshare or use public transportation whenever possible.
  • Turn off lights when leaving a room.
  • Use energy-efficient lighting such as indoor compact fluorescent lights, motion sensors and solar lights outdoors.

Water Usage & Plumbing

  • Don't waste water, hot or cold, inside or outside your home.
  • Install water-efficient faucet heads in your kitchen and bathroom sinks.
  • Install water-saving 2.5-gallon-per-minute showerheads.
  • Insulate the first three feet of hot and cold inlet water pipes.
  • Insulate hot-water pipes in unheated basements or crawlspaces.
  • Repair leaky faucets and toilets (5% of water "use" is leakage)
  • Turn down water heater thermostats to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appliance Selection & Use

  • Air-dry your clothes.
  • Buy energy-efficient appliances. Energy Star products power down when not in use.
  • Clean your refrigerator's condenser coils once a year.
  • Use energy-saving settings on:
    • Clothes dryers
    • Dishwashers
    • Refrigerators
    • Washing machines

Home Heating & Cooling

  • Check insulation in the attic, basement and walls. Note the age and condition of heating and cooling equipment, appliances, windows and water heaters.
  • Clean or change the air filter on your warm-air heating system during winter, and on air conditioning units in the summer.
  • Close drapes (and windows) during sunny summer days and after sunset in the winter.
  • Close heating vents in unused rooms.
  • Have heating and cooling systems tuned up every year or two.
  • In the attic and basement, plug the air leaks and replace and re-putty broken window panes.
  • In summer, shade sunny windows or add films that control solar gain.
  • Install programmable thermostats.
  • Seal and insulate warm-air heating (or cooling) ducts.
  • Set thermostats to 68°F in winter when you're home, and down to 55°F when you go to bed or when you're away.
  • Wrap water heaters with insulating jackets.