We use energy all day, every day – from our cell phones and iPads, to lights, the kitchen appliances that keep our food cool, microwaves to heat it up or ovens to cook it in, as well as heating and cooling our homes. You may not think much about it, but electricity is behind the foundation of what we use and do every day. In fact, without it, you wouldn’t have a computer to use right now.
With the usage of all of that electricity comes with it high costs, pollutants and contaminants to the environment. The more we use, the more that needs producing, the more we leave a footprint on this earth. That’s why conserving energy is so important. Not only does it save you money – which is always important – but it also helps to protect the environment. Are you doing all you can to go green? Try incorporating these tips into your life in order to cut back on your electrical usage.
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
- Turn off the television.
- Unplug things when you are not using them. A power strip is a convenient way to shut off several things without having to unplug as many cords.
- Embrace natural lighting to both warm a room and as an alternative to a lamp or overhead lighting.
- Change your bulbs. CFL – compact fluorescent – or LED bulbs are more energy efficient and last longer than regular incandescent light bulbs.
- Turn off computer when you aren’t using it.
- Install a tankless water heater.
- Replace old appliances with newer energy efficient models.
- Reduce your dependency on appliances. Hang the clothes out to dry or hand-wash your dishes.
- Insulate your home and seal doors and windows to keep the warm air in and cool air from leaking out.
Conserving energy starts at home. To ensure your heating and cooling systems or your water heater are working properly, contact your Northern Virginia electric services company, Eastern Tech, today.