REDUCING ENERGY

How to reduce your energy use:

Unplug the “secret energy addicts” in your home: TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cable TV boxes, computers and printers, video game consoles, microwave ovens and AC adapters for cell phones digital cameras and other electronics. Most electronic equipment, including anything that uses a remote control, is designed to consume energy when it is turned off. That “off” setting is actually a “standby” or “idling” mode. Standby power int he average household consumes 1,000 kilowatt ours of electricity annually. That’s enough energy to power an entire home for two months or more. The solution? Unplug anything that isn’t being used.

More and more utility companies are offering their customers the option to purchase green power-electricity generated by rapidly renewable resources like solar power, wind turbines geothermal systems and biomass- to power their homes, Generally, green power adds $2 to $3 a month to your utility bill while helping to combat global climate change and America’s dependence on foreign oil.

*Use compact fluorescent lamps in your lights

*Wash your clothes in cool rather than hot water.