Thursday, May 4, 2017

Do Your Thing

-Did you know that your appliances and gadgets are using energy even if they're not being used, just by being plugged in?
-Did you know that LED light bulbs use at least 75% less energy than a regular light bulb, and can last up to 25 times longer than a regular light bulb?

-Did you know it's possible to cool yourself down by simply changing your clothes instead of just automatically reaching to turn the a/c on?

-Did you know that washing your clothes in cold water saves energy and will likely keep your clothes from shrinking?

Energy Upgrade California is committed to doubling energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% before the year 2030. This might sound like a daunting goal, but if everybody in California pitched in a little it's easily attainable! I've compiled a list of easy yet effective ways to save more energy in places you may not have thought of before.

1. Use natural light. This is always a hard one for me since I have a lot of wood in my house and things tend to be a little darker, but I've been making it a point to open all my blinds during the day and let the beautiful, natural light fill the room instead of turning on a bunch of lights.

2, Speaking of lights, changing your light bulbs to energy efficient LED bulbs will save energy and save you money! Since LED bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than regular bulbs, you won't need to replace them as often!

3. Unplug. If you're like me, you tend to leave your cell phone charger plugged in when you're not using it. Well, did you know that's still using energy? Other things that use energy when they're plugged in but not being used are: microwaves, toasters, computers, and curling irons (which should DEFINITELY always be unplugged because of the risk of fires). Just a quick unplugging of these appliances can save you (and California!) so much in the long run!

4. Stay cool, naturally. I love being cold, so the idea of an air conditioner is very appealing to me. However, it's not a good idea for the environment. During the hot summer months I try to wear shorts and tank tops and open the windows and use a box or ceiling fan to cool down instead of turning on the a/c.

5. Don't use all the hot water. You can wash your clothes on the cold setting so you use less energy with your washing machine! And those lengthy hot showers you take while you're contemplating how you're going to solve world hunger? Stop! Give yourself 5 minutes, or two songs on your iPod to keep the hot water on, then turn it cool, or be done in the shower!

Join me in committing to making one small change in your daily life in order to save more energy, and #LetsGetCharged.

This post is sponsored by Energy Upgrade California, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm, I'm not terrible with these, but there's always room for improvement. We actually get a bonus based on how much water and power we use, so these are good suggestions to help keep those numbers low. Unplugging household items is one I could really work on.