Was your Dad one of the ones that was always telling you that he did not own the electric company? I know my dad used to tell us all the time. Turning off the lights and other things was always about how much it was going to cost instead of saving energy.
Nowadays, we are all more worried about turning lights and appliances off so that we can conserve energy. It is an important thing for all of us, especially as we have so many more things that use energy in our homes.
Imagine if we all did just ONE thing in our lives differently that could save energy, we could change the world if we all could do just ONE thing.
There are so many things that we do on a daily basis that we do not even think about. Some of things are using energy that you may not even be aware of. Did you know that unplugging things you don’t use instead of just turning them off saves about 20% of the elecricity?
I personally did not know that, even if you only unplug half of the things it is still a great savings.
I have a large household with 7 people living here so we do a lot of laundry, sometimes 3 loads a day, we have all talked and decided that our one thing is going to be doing all of our laundry in cold water. I have recently learned that 90% of the the energy used for washing clothes goes to heating the laundry. Wow! I was shocked. I know that it is so much better for our clothing to do this as it helps prevent shrinking and fading.
Our family doing laundry in cold is going to be saving a lot of energy, I am excited to get started on doing this not only for today but, for our future.
There are a few other things that I have learned that maybe can help you decide what you are going to do for your one thing. Simply changing when you do your housework can cut your carbon footprint. Using your dishwasher, air conditioner, and washing machine after 4 pm can also save you money, off peak energy is cheaper and saving money is always a good thing!
How about changing your light bulbs to LED, they use 75% less energy and they last a lot longer than regular bulbs. This one change can save you about $70 a year just in lighting up your home.
Learn more about how to do your thing by going to California’s Energy Upgrade Website!