Energy Conservation Tools
Reducing our use of and dependence on nonrenewable energy
such as fossil fuels, reserves the Earth's natural resources. It also
reduces water pollution and outside air pollution, helping to maintain a
healthy environment for all life on Earth.
Drive a car that gets at least 30 miles per gallon
and walk and
bicycle as much as possible. Talk with neighbors and coworkers to
compare schedules to develop carpools.
Insulate homes to reduce air
infiltration and heat loss and use
energy efficient windows.
Buy the most energy efficient homes, lights, and appliances
available. Evaluate them in terms of lifetime costs.
Obtain as much heat and cooling as possible from natural
especially sun, wind, and trees.
Plant and care for trees to help absorb carbon dioxide. During its
lifetime, the average tree absorbs enough carbon dioxide to offset the
amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.
Turn off lights in rooms that are not in use; if outdoor lighting is
needed, use a motion control device to only activate it when needed,
reducing both energy use and light pollution.
Lower the thermostat on water heaters to 110-120 degrees F and home
heating thermostats to 68 degrees.
Lower the cooling load on an air conditioner by increasing the
thermostat setting, installing energy-efficient lighting, and using
Where possible, switch from incandescent lights to fluorescent
lights, which generate less heat and are more energy efficient.
At work, persuade the last person to leave a work area or building at
the end of the day to turn off lights and equipment (printers and