There are so many little things we can do to save energy and save money at the same time! One simple thing we do is use natural light. The photo above was taken in the bathroom under a skylight. Instead of automatically reaching for that light switch when we enter a room, we acknowledge that there is often enough natural light in the room already.
Get Smart About Energy Use: Do Your Thing™
As a mom to a California Girl, I’ve made a point of teaching her from a young age, to be energy conscious. I want her to not only be a California Energy Steward, but also lead by example wherever she goes. A few more of the things we do on a daily basis to save energy:
Go cold: We use cold water for our laundry. About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes goes to heating the water. This also makes our clothing last longer because the heat causes shrinking and fading. We hang most of our clothing to dry for the same reason. We also use a laundry ball instead of detergent which doesn’t save energy, but does prevent more detergent going down the drain.
We also turned down our hot water heater. We don’t need to heat the water so hot that little hands can be burned.
Unplug: If we’re not charging something, we unplug it. Did you know that 23% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off? It costs the average U.S. household $100 per year to power devices while they are off or in standby mode.
Upgrade to LED: Whenever a bulb burns out we switch it to an LED. While it would seem like a huge expense to pull out all of the bulbs at once and upgrade them, the sticker shock isn’t as bad if you do them as the old bulbs burn out. Upgrading to LED lightbulbs will use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer. If all Californians upgraded to LED light bulbs, we’d reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to those produced by a coal-fired power plant in one year. (average household savings: $70 annually)
Energy Upgrade California is a statewide marketing, education, and outreach initiative to promote energy management concepts, energy efficiency actions, and clean energy opportunities for the state’s residents and small businesses. Created by the California Public Utilities Commission, Energy Upgrade California believes we all have the power to create a better California. They’re inviting you to Do Your Thing™ to use energy more efficiently.
What do you do to save energy?