A few ways to cut down on your emissions

How Can You Conserve Energy?

Wrapping up this month's Environmental Advocacy Month on Bakitwhy, we thought we'd provide some simple ways to conserve on energy and make healthy changes in your life to protect the environment, and even save you a little bit of cash.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

On Tuesday mornings, my family recycles. That includes the daunting trek from my garage door to the edge of the street to place the recycle bin to be emptied by the "Recycle Guys." Okay, maybe the 30 yard trek isn't that daunting but for some, it is what separates us from reducing and reusing. The biggest obstacle faced by many when it comes to recycling is simply laziness. Make a small change to recycle, and contribute to a big change in environment.

Washing your Clothes

Don't be afraid to wash your clothes in cold water. They will still come out clean! Nowadays, you can also find specialized laundry soap for cold water cleaning. Be aware that the heat generated by your dryer could cause your air conditioner to use more energy than necessary. Try washing in the morning or evenings when your house is cooler.

Kitchen Appliances

Your refrigerator accounts for 20% of your overall household electricity. Periodically make sure that your gaskets are clean and sealed, and try to set the temperature in your cooler to 37 degrees and your freezer to 3 degrees in order to save the most energy. Also, be sure to run your dishwasher when it is full rather than cleaning it after every night's meal.

Small Energy Saving Tips

Help your self and help your environment at the same time. Choose alternative ways of getting around in order to cut down on CO2 emissions. Walking, Biking, car pooling, riding a horse. These are all efficient ways to save energy.

Replace the light fixtures in your home with fluorescent bulbs. Initially costly, in the long run you save more energy and your bulbs will last longer. Also, be sure to turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms.

In the end, saving energy helps you, me, your wallet, and our environment. Considering just these few simple tips helps cut down emissions by thousands!