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12 Ways To Green Your Home

  1. 1. 12 Ways to Green Your Home
  2. 2. FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS The installation of more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs is perhaps  the easiest and most cost effective tip there is.  It is true that there is a large initial cost per new bulb, but the truth of  the matter is that you will see the decrease in your energy bill within  the first month of use. 
  3. 3. MONITOR ELECTRICITY USAGE Make sure to turn off all lights, appliances, computers and other  electrical equipment when not in use.  l l h
  4. 4. PROGRAMMABLE  THERMOSTATS Programmable  thermostats are an easy  thermostats are an easy and effective way to  regulate and manage the  temperature of your  temperature of your house. 
  5. 5. APPLIANCES When buying new appliances, try to pay attention to ensure that you buy  the most energy efficient appliances (Energy Star) on the market.  the most energy efficient appliances (Energy Star) on the market.
  6. 6. REFRIGERATOR  MAINTENANCE Clean your refrigerator heating  coils regularly as the dust will  reduce the efficiency.  Keep the rubber door seals  K h bb d l clean and tight. They should  hold a piece of paper snugly ‐ if  the paper easily slips out,  replace the seal. 
  7. 7. REGULATING REFRIGERATOR &  REGULATING REFRIGERATOR & FREEZER TEMPERATURES  Keep the refrigerator temperature between 35 F (1.7 C) and 38 F (3.3 C)  and the freezer at 0 F ( 18 C) for maximum efficiency and safety.  and the freezer at 0 F (‐18 C) for maximum efficiency and safety.
  8. 8. DRYING CLOTHES A clothes dryer  y requires a lot of  energy, so why not  air dry your  laundry on a  clothes tree or  clothes line?  When you do use  your dryer, clean  the lint filter  thoroughly after  h hl f each load and  don't over dry the  clothes.  l th
  9. 9. ELECTRONICS Many electronic devices  use power when they  are plugged in and  turned off. The common  term to describe these  devices is “Power  Vampires . Use power  Vampires”. Use power bars and timers to  eliminate power  vampires. If you want to  vampires If you want to understand how much  electricity is being used,  purchase or borrow a  h b Watt Reader, which will  show you how much  energy is being  generated. 
  10. 10. COMPUTER USAGE COMPUTER USAGE A computer left on for 24 hours uses the same amount of energy as a  13w compact fluorescent light bulb left on for almost 10 days. (Desktop with CRT monitor) (D k i h CRT i )
  11. 11. FANS Use fans as your first  line of defense against  summer heat. For  example, a 60‐watt  ceiling fan costs  between 8 cents and  b 8 d $1.50 to operate  monthly, while an air  conditioner can cost  conditioner can cost between $6.75 and  $40.50 a month. This  energy conservation tip  energy conservation tip will help the  environment and your  pocket book.  pocket book
  12. 12. LED LIGHTING LED LIGHTING LED lighting is extremely energy efficient.  The LEDs are about 100 times more efficient than traditional lighting.  For example, there are many companies conserving energy and saving money  For example there are many companies conserving energy and saving money simply by changing their exit signs to use LEDs. 
  13. 13. To make more efficient  use of your dishwasher,  only run it when there is  a full load. Use the energy  saving setting such as  g g DISHWASHER USAGE choosing to air‐dry the  dishes. When cooking  with a pot, always use the  with a pot always use the lid to cook more  efficiently. You can also  turn off the oven several  turn off the oven several minutes before the  cooking is done as the  oven will retain the heat.  ill i h h If you like to experiment  with new things, consider  trying a solar oven or  solar cooker. 
  14. 14. POOLS While having a  p pool to reduce  your use of an air  conditioner makes  sense, a pool can  use a lot of energy  to run. Consider  putting the water  pump on a timer  to run only 6‐8  hours per day  instead of running  24 hours a day. A  solar hot water  system is also an  t i l efficient  way to  heat a pool using  renewable energy. renewable energy
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  16. 16. PHOTO CREDITS PHOTO CREDITS • Cover Image: <div xmlns:cc= http://creativecommons.org/ns# about="http://www flickr com/photos/celinet/2407927363/"><a Cover Image: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons org/ns#" about= http://www.flickr.com/photos/celinet/2407927363/ ><a  rel="cc:attributionURL" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/celinet/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/celinet/</a> / <a rel="license"  href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by‐sa/2.0/">CC BY‐SA 2.0</a></div> • Fluorescent Light Bulbs: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#"  about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19634988@N07/3522802579/"><a rel="cc:attributionURL"  p // /p / @ / p // /p / @ / / / href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19634988@N07/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/19634988@N07/</a> / <a rel="license"  href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div> • Monitor Electricity Usage: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#" about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/__kitschme/3423674878/"><a  rel="cc:attributionURL" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/__kitschme/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/__kitschme/</a> / <a rel="license"  href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div> • Programmable Thermostat: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#"  about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/41831077@N08/3870721152/"><a rel="cc:attributionURL"  href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/41831077@N08/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/41831077@N08/</a> / <a rel="license"  href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div> • Appliances: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#" about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/2316410772/"><a  rel="cc:attributionURL" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/</a> / <a rel="license"  href= http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ >CC BY 2.0</a></div> href="http://creativecommons org/licenses/by/2 0/">CC BY 2 0</a></div> • Refrigerator Maintenance: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#" about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrmystery/14517725/"><a  rel="cc:attributionURL" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrmystery/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrmystery/</a> / <a rel="license"  href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div> • Regulating Refrigerator and Freezer Temperatures: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#"  about http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3072821281/ ><a rel cc:attributionURL about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3072821281/"><a rel="cc:attributionURL"  href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/</a> / <a rel="license"  href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div>Drying Clothes: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#"  about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/doolittle1989/1465838929/"><a rel="cc:attributionURL"  href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/doolittle1989/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/doolittle1989/</a> / <a rel="license"  href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div>
  17. 17. PHOTO CREDITS PHOTO CREDITS • Electronics: <div xmlns:cc= http://creativecommons.org/ns# about="http://www flickr com/photos/pasukaru76/4274684369/"><a Electronics: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons org/ns#" about= http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasukaru76/4274684369/ ><a  rel="cc:attributionURL" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasukaru76/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasukaru76/</a> / <a rel="license"  href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div> • Computer Usage: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#" about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/36144637@N00/159627089/"><a  rel="cc:attributionURL" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/36144637@N00/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/36144637@N00/</a> / <a p // g/ / y / / / / rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by‐sa/2.0/">CC BY‐SA 2.0</a></div> • Fans: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#" about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toasty/404358012/"><a rel="cc:attributionURL"  href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toasty/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/toasty/</a> / <a rel="license"  href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div> • LED Lighting: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#" about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/313881232/"><a  rel="cc:attributionURL" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/</a> / <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div> • Dishwasher Usage: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#" about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/eggybird/103796298/"><a  rel="cc:attributionURL" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/eggybird/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/eggybird/</a> / <a rel="license"  href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div> • Pools: <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#" about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_light_show/1318026271/"><a  rel="cc:attributionURL" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_light_show/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_light_show/</a> / <a  l " tt ib ti URL" h f "htt // fli k / h t /th li ht h /" htt // fli k / h t /th li ht h / / / rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></div>