January 14, 2013 | Uncategorized | RSS 2.0
Environmentally-conscious consumers know that one of the best ways to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions is simply to consume less. Becoming more efficient in the way we live not only helps out the planet but your pockets too! Simple steps to conserve energy and natural resources can make a big difference. Check out these easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save a few bucks at the same time:
Recycle: Processing recycled materials vs. raw materials to make the same products can save up to 95 off manufacturing energy costs. Savings that some manufacturers are able to pass on to the consumer. Aluminum is an abundant metal that can be recycled over and over again with much less energy than it takes to make new aluminum products from raw materials. Plastic and paper recycling programs are available across the nation, making it easy to recycle these materials and save space in your local landfill.
Turn off the lights: Turning off the lights when you leave a room saves energy. Some energy suppliers charge higher rates over a certain consumption threshold. By turning off the lights, you can help keep your energy bill lower. Your lower energy bill is a savings you can see, which offers extra incentive to conserve energy when you can. If you live in a region with a deregulated energy market, shop around for the best rates on your energy supply. Compare providers, like Oncor Electric Service, and see savings right away!
Unplug it: Energy “vampires” are appliances that drain electricity even when not in use. Unplug cell phone chargers; coffee makers; toasters; devices with standby mode, such as your TV, computer or gaming console and the like for an energy savings of up to 100 per year.