Going Green

 We are all aware of global warming, and how important it is to start going “green.” This subject of going green is a very important one, and there are steps we can all take to help do our part to leave green footstep on the world! The steps we take can be as easy as recycling, or changing out light bulbs for energy saving ones.

According to the American Council for an Energy- Efficient Economy, “American homes use almost 25% of the energy consumed in the United States.” There are things we can do in our homes to help bring that number down a significant percent. One very simple thing to start doing is to make sure you shut off lights when you are not using them- it is that easy. Make sure that when you leave a room you check to make sure the light(s) is off. Another simple step you can take is to change all of the light bulbs in your house to energy efficient light bulbs.

“A analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that the standards will save the country more than $12.5 billion annually when fully implemented in 2020. Each household would see its energy costs drop by 7%, about $85 per household each year. This would eliminate the need for 33 large power plants.” [http://realestate.msn.com/energy-efficient-light- bulbs-how-much-do-you-really-save ]

Just by making that simple change we are doing a lot of help for the environment and our wallets!

Now lets talk about what we can do with our appliances to keep up going green. Minimum efficiency standards for appliances and lighting have been one of the most successful policies used by states and federal government to save energy. These standards prohibit any production and import or sale of appliances and other energy consuming products less efficient than the minimum requirements. This helps to reduces pollution. [ http://www.aceee.org/topics/appliance-standards ]

When shopping for a new appliance take a look at the Energy Guide Label. Below is a picture to help you decode these guides, found at http://ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea14.shtm.

How much energy are you saving with your new energy start appliances?

[http://www.nrdc.org/air/energy/fappl.asp ]

New refrigerators today use 75% less energy than fridges produced in the late 1970’s. By replacing your old fridge with a new one that meets standards you will save more than $100 a year, and with an energy star models you will save an additional 15 percent or more.

Replacing a pre-1994 washer with an Energy Star model can save a family $110 a year on utility bills. Energy Star washers use 50 percent less energy than other standard models, and only 18 to 25 gallons of water for a full-sized load, compared to 40 gallons for standard full-size washers. Many Energy Star models also advertise lower fabric wear, better stain removal and briefer drying times.” [http://www.nrdc.org/air/energy/fappl.asp]

Buying a new dishwasher comes with two benefits, not only will you be saving energy but new dishwashers are better at getting your dishes clean! Energy start dishwashers are 25 percent more efficient than the minimum standards, and can save you $25 dollars a year. They will also save you time by cleaning your dishes better and eliminate the time it takes rinsing off every dish before.

These are just some of the ways you and your family can start going green. So start off small, and work your way to having your whole house energy saving!

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