Electronics, especially smart ones, are constantly draining power. This affects electric power plants’ use of renewable clean energy sources and their need for CO2 emission sources for energy generation to homes, offices and stores. Energy conservation is not complicated. By taking small steps towards living a more energy-conscious lifestyle, you can save money and protect our environment.

Tips to become more energy efficient in your home:

TURN THINGS OFF – Chargers for cell phones, tablets, laptops, handheld video games, Kindles, and cordless devices use energy even when they’re not charging. Plug the items into a power strip so you can easily switch them all off at once. Smart power strips can detect when a device is in standby mode and cut off the power to save energy.

KEEP FILTERS CLEAN – Check furnace, heat pump, and AC filters once a month and replace them regularly. Dirty air filters increase energy costs and cause problems with your equipment.

USE TASK LIGHTING – Turn off ceiling lights and use table lamps, track lighting and under-counter lights in work, hobby areas and the kitchen.

PUT ELECTRONICS ON STANDBY – Computers use much less power when they’re in sleep or hibernation mode. Program your computer to do this automatically after 10 to 15 minutes of inactivity.

BUY SMARTER BULBS – Halogen and LED light bulbs cost as little as $5 at home improvement stores, use less electricity, and last longer, saving you roughly $100 over their lifetime. They reach full brightness instantly and work with dimmer switches.

These energy-saving goals help reduce your electric CO2 drain which will not only benefit the environment, but also your wallet!

Facts contained within are from the US Department of Energy and TIME Sustainability.

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