Welcome to Energy - What You Can Do! Look at the tasks below to see what you can do with your energy use to help stop global warming! Click for more statistics on energy!
1. Replace a incandescent light bulb with an LED bulb
35 Ibs CO2 saved per year
Incandescent light bulbs last 1000-2000 hours. LED bulbs last 25,000-50,000 hours and use 80% less energy than incandescent ones! That’s a double whammy -- LED is cheaper and better for the environment than incandescent.
Emissions saved: 35 lbs of CO2 per year.
2. Reduce shower time by 2 minutes daily.
0.5 lb Co2 saved per day
Did you know that a five-minute shower in the U.S. requires more water than the average person in a developing country uses in an entire day (2006 United Nations Human Development Report)? And many of us take a lot longer than 5 minutes for a shower!
Cutting your shower by just 2 minutes saves 184 lbs of CO2 emissions per year. Feeling ambitious? Try a cold shower or a Navy shower!
3. Use a drying rack or clothes line for your laundry instead of a dryer
250 Ibs CO2 saved per year
Emissions saved: 250 lbs of CO2 per year.
4. Unplug your home electronics (computers, TVs) when they're turned off
1.34 Ibs CO2 saved per day
We usually don't think much about appliances and electronics that are turned off. You might be surprised to learn that many electronics -- computers, printers, stereos -- continue to draw electricity when they are off but plugged in. These are called "energy vampires." You can use smart plugs to shut down these greedy "vampires"when you're not home. Emissions saved: 490 lbs of CO2 per year.
5. Replace single-pane windows with dual-pane windows.
2,940 Ibs CO2 saved per year
Double-pane windows will dramatically reduce outdoor noise pollution, make your home less drafty and comfier, and save you money year after year on heating/air conditioning costs.
Emissions saved: 2,940 lbs of CO2 per year.
6. And the WINNER ... switching 100% of your home's electricity to green
4,900 Ibs CO2 saved per year
You might think that to switch 100% to green energy, you have to install solar panels on your roof, or install a geothermal heat pump for your home. Did you know there may be a much easier solution? Many utility companies across the US (these are the companies that provide electricity to your home) already offer customers the option to choose green power from renewable sources like wind and solar. So you can simply tell your existing utility company that you want to go green.
Emissions saved: 4,900 lbs of CO2 per year!!