12, Tháng Một 2011

When Energy Conservation Becomes the Norm

For more than a century, energy consumption has been the norm. Much of today’s older population grew up with freely available sources of energy without the pressure to constantly conserve. Talks of global warming have only come to the forefront in recent years. Previously, there was no need to prioritize energy conservation. Or, at least society did not realize the damage that was quietly occurring. Now that more information exists and scientists and the global climate are increasingly confirming the need to conserve and engage in green practices, making energy conservation the norm is the best plan of action.

Conserving Energy in Your Home

Saving energy in your home has multiple benefits. It lowers your utility bill, lowers greenhouse emissions and conserves valuable natural resources. Some suggestions for energy conservation in the home are obvious. Turn off the lights when leaving a room. Do not run your dishwasher when it is only partially full. Run full loads on your washing machine to save both energy and water.

Other suggestions involve more thought and action. Make sure that your home is well-insulated. If you are not using your entire house while sitting in the family room, close the doors and vents to the other rooms. You won’t have to heat your entire home that way.

Energy Conservation at Work

Some of these same recommendations apply in your work environment. If you work in an office, be sure to turn off lights when leaving. Unplug all electronic devices when you are not using them. When it comes to commuting to work, consider carpooling to save on gas. If public transportation is available, you might get in the habit of leaving the car at home and taking the bus or train.

Conserving energy in the home and at work is important and requires developing new habits. These habits can be established gradually. Just commit to one change and gradually develop other new energy-saving habits.