17 Aug Are You Doing Your Part To Conserve Energy And Help The Environment?
The movement toward green energy is picking up momentum across the country and around the world. In fact, it was the appeal of bringing a clean energy option to their community that convinced Tyler and Alicia Uebelhoer to open Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. in 2015.
“While we are huge advocates of solar energy, we realize that solar is not an option for everyone,” said Alicia. “Some homes may not be a good fit for solar, and we certainly understand that. But, there are many other small steps that individuals and families can take to do their part to help save the planet.”
“We’ve done some research and have come up with a dozen easy tips that practically anyone can practice to conserve energy and help the environment,” added Tyler. “We hope you’ll join us by reviewing the list and changing some of your daily routines, just like we have!”
12 Easy Tips to Conserve Energy & Help the Environment
- Switch off anything electric when not in use, and unplug when possible. These items are plentiful and won’t be hard to find: televisions, lamps, computers and printers are a good starting point.
- A clothesline is much less expensive than running a clothes dryer, and it will leave your clothes smelling fresh!
- Don’t use electronic exercise equipment when you could walk, run, bike, hike, or add some activities such as sit-ups and push-ups to your routine.
- When the temperature takes a turn for the worse, don’t automatically crank up the furnace. Keep a sweater or light jacket handy and throw another blanket on the bed.
- Conserve water by taking shorter showers, running appliances like dishwashers and clothes washers only when you have a full load, and consider installing low-flow faucets.
- Recycle anything you can, including bottles, cans, newspapers, electronics, cardboard, metal, etc.
- Select reusable products—such as shopping bags and water bottles—over disposable items that will only end up in landfills.
- Cut back on car usage and consider walking, biking and public transportation.
- Are you not using all the food that you purchase? Before throwing it out, check with your local food pantry or food kitchen. Also, consider a compost pile to dispose of food scraps.
- Start your own garden! It’s good for you in so many ways, from fresh veggies and fresh air to a new regular exercise habit. When you get good at it, you may even want to start freezing or canning your fruits and vegetables for future enjoyment.
- Install an Energy Star ceiling fan which will provide year-round benefits. In warmer months it can help reduce the need for air conditioning, while in the colder months it can be reversed to force warm air down into the living space.
- In advance of the return of cooler temperatures, seal and insulate your home as much as possible, especially walls, windows and doors.
Interested in even more energy-saving tips? www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residents-and-Homeowners/Energy-Saving-Tips.
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