Day 5. - Conserve Electricity...Turn it off!
Summary: We use more energy than we need; turning off electrical items when not in use and buying the highest efficiency units sold. Read More
When contemplating ways that you can personally lower your total energy use, the biggest change you can make is to live in the smallest structure that is comfortable for you. Many homes have empty rooms and halls that draw away from your overall energy efficiency. Even in very large homes, most occupants spend the majority of their time in just a few places. Empty rooms should be isolated to minimize energy losses.
If you decide that your home is the right size for you and your family, the next big step is to be sure that your dwelling is energy efficient. Go through your home and evaluate anything that consumes heat or cooling. Energy efficient windows, home outdoor paint color, insulation and much more affect your energy use. Change light bulbs to longer lasting, eco-friendly bulbs and insulate/weather-strip your home to keep the temperature consistent in both winter and summer. Are you one of the "TV always on" types that leave the TV on in the background? When not using appliances, turn them off and unplug them whenever possible...using multiple outlet strips can make unplugging much easier.
When it comes to purchasing new appliances, look for the "Energy Star" label (a US government program to protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices). Your local energy utility will usually send out a specially trained technician to help you review your house to improve energy efficiency and point out problem areas and suggest solutions.