This Saturday, more than 190 countries will join together to celebrate the 47th anniversary of Earth Day. This year’s campaign focuses on environmental and climate literacy, with hopes of building a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and other unprecedented threats to our planet. You can join the efforts by taking action on current bills, donating to a local environmental protection agency, and making small adjustments to your everyday life.
Energy Conservation Starts at Home
- Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room. Not only will this simple practice conserve energy, but it will also cut household costs.
- Halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps, and light-emitting diodes use less energy than their traditional incandescent bulbs. The average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy saving bulbs is an efficient way to decrease that number.
- Outdoor lighting is a great way to illuminate your landscape and keep your home safe. However, the lights do not have to stay on at all times. Invest in dimmers, timers, and motion detectors to reduce energy consumption.
- Change and clean your furnace/ air conditioner filters regularly to ensure that the heating and cooling systems are running efficiently. Dirty filters can cause your HVAC unit to work twice as hard, increasing energy consumption and your bill.
- Recycle your heating/ cooling filters by opting for a reusable one. You can clean these filters with a vacuum or a hose, rather than purchase new filters.
- Install ceiling fans to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Ceiling fans keep the room cool or warm without racking up your energy bill.
- Try using a clothesline to hang your clothes rather than running the dryer for 45 minutes to an hour. If you don’t have enough outdoors space to dry your clothes, hang large items such as jeans and towels on an indoor drying rack.
Conserve Energy With TriStar Electric
No matter the job, big or small, the professionals at TriStar Electric will be happy to discuss your project and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We offer free in-home consultations, plus an after-hours and emergency phone line for advice or service!