Sterling D. Allen, CEO of Pure Energy Systems, once said that free energy will promulgate a forward leap in human progress akin to the discovery of fire. It will bring the dawn of an entirely new civilization, one based on freedom and abundance. However, until that day comes, we all need to do our best to conserve the energy we have right now. We can also save a few dollars in the process!
Here are a few tips to help you get started.
As much as you might hate the idea, when on a highway, try to drive the speed limit whenever possible. Driving at speeds over 60 mph decreases your gas mileage dramatically.
Change the oil in your car and keep up with recommended maintenance schedule. Things like your tire pressure and not changing the air filters can also decrease your mileage.
Most appliances-from your TV to your blender-continue to use energy even when not in use. Unplug any appliances you are not using or plug them into a power strip and turn it off when not using the appliances.
Air Conditioner and Heater
Try to set your thermostat to as high a setting as comfortably possible. The goal is not to have a big difference between the temperature outside and inside your home. The larger the difference the higher the cost.
Just like your air conditioner, try to keep your heater set as low as comfortably possible.
Replace both air conditioner and heater filters regularly.
During the day, keep your curtains and shades closed during summer and open during winter to take advantage of natural heat.
One of the easiest ways to conserve energy is by turning off the lights whenever you leave a room. You can also try using a table lamp instead of overhead lighting. It takes less energy to power a small lamp than the main lamp in a room.
Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). CFLs can help you save up to 50% of your energy costs due to lighting.
Set the temperature of your water heater at a comfortable 120 degrees. This will save in cost while keeping your water temperature at a comfortable level.
Install an aerator on your faucets and showerheads. It will save up to 50% on water heating costs without sacrificing water pressure.
With a little effort, you too can help conserve energy and in the process lower your cost. There are many other ways to achieve this. You can visit your local power company’s website or the Energy Department’s website for more energy saving tips.