Our daily energy consumption is often an underfed beast that constantly needs more electricity, gas and coal. Our cars and power plants are the biggest culprits for power consumption, totaling nearly half of or our daily energy consumption. They are also one of the greatest sources of greenhouse gases and the greatest source of mercury pollution in our oceans. The bad news is that climate change is a real threat. The good news is we can do something to stop it.
Cars, trucks, planes, trains and mass transit all account for 43.4% of the average individual/households energy consumption. By cutting highway speeds from 70 to 60mph, avoiding sudden stops and starts, combining errands into one trip and carpooling to work with one other person, you can shave off 12.5% of your overall energy consumption. Throw in a more fuel efficient car with low-rolling tires inflated to the proper air pressure and keep it properly tuned, you can save an additional 20.1% on transportation energy.
Your heating, air condition and ventilation are a homes biggest energy hogs. Space heating is a huge expense and should be replaced by a more efficient system, saving you 5.1% on the average home. Upgrading windows, doors and insulation really adds a huge impact to overall energy consumption by lowering your rate to 10.7%. Upgrading caulk and weather-stripping while lowering the thermostat in your home by four degrees lowers energy consumption rates by 7.7%.
By simply turning down your water heaters temperature gauge from 140 to 120 degrees, you can save .7% on your energy use each year. Installing a new energy-efficient model can save even more energy-up to 1.5%.
Lights take up even more energy than a washer and dryer. Replacing your light bulbs with CFL’s can save you 4% and nearly 6% more energy by installing LED’s. Keep the lights off when you’re away for an additional half percent.
Turning down your refrigerator/freezer 5 degrees can save up to .5% energy, while upgrading to a new energy-efficient freezer can reduce your energy consumption by up to 1.5%. A new EnergyStar washer can save 1.1% energy, but by simply doing cold water washes and hanging your clothes on a clothesline to dry can save even more-2.3%.
You can check out more on energy saving tips with Environment Magazines article “The Short List: The Most Effective Actions U.S. Households can take to Curb Climate Change”. It’s easy to save energy. Whether you spend big bucks on new appliances or no money at all and turn off the TV for a few hours each day and save 1% of your total daily energy consumption.