This Earth Hour, millions of people will be turning off their lights for an hour on March 30th to spread awareness about conserving energy to curb climate change. To help us all do our part, we came up with 5 ways to save energy not just for Earth Hour, but every day!
1. Turn off your lights when you’re not in the room
Even though this may seem obvious, we must admit that most of us can be much better at doing this. If you’re going to be out of a room for more than 15 minutes, the rule of thumb is to turn off the light. You'll save power while being away for long periods of time.
2. Switch to using fluorescent or LED lightbulbs
Did you know that you can conserve energy just by switching the type of lightbulbs? Consider switching to compact fluorescent lights (CFL) or light-emitting diode bulbs (LED). They use 25-80% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer!
3. Make sure your dishwasher is completely full and use the energy saving setting
When using the dishwasher, make sure you load in as many dishes as you can. When it comes to drying, consider air drying your dishes instead of using the drying cycle. And if your dishwasher comes with an energy saving setting, even better!
4. Purchase a car with good mileage
When buying a new car, factor in good mileage. For example, if you buy a car that gives you 40 miles per gallon instead of 25 miles and drive 10,000 miles a year, you can reduce your annual CO2 emissions by 3,300 pounds!
5. Take shorter showers
As much as some of us may like to take nice long hot showers, taking shorter showers can save significant amounts of water. Even consider switching to a low-pressured showerhead. We can save 3,650 gallons of water annually if we just reduce our shower by 4 minutes every day!
Now we can start incorporating these tactics in our everyday lives and we’ll be completely ready on March 30th for Earth Hour. During this hour, everyone is encouraged to turn off their lights from 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM. To learn more about Earth Hour, click here
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