What measures can I take to conserve resources?
Easy low to no-cost measures:
- Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth– you can save up to 8 gallons of water per day!
- Change your furnace filter monthly. A dirty filter uses up to 30% more energy, costing you money!
- Take a shower instead of a bath– you’ll save 15 gallons of water, not to mention the savings in water heating costs!
- Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. If every house in America replaced 1 bulb to a CFL, we would save enough energy to power 3 million homes!
- Replace older thermostats with programmable Energy Star units.
- Check for air leaks around your doors and windows using a feather. Appropriately installed weather-stripping and plastic over windows helps stop energy leakage.
High Cost measures:
- Next time you replace appliances, buy Energy Star models. They may cost more upfront, but more than pay for themselves over their lifetime!
- When you purchase a furnace, and especially if your furnace is more than 12 years old, purchasing a new 97% efficient model will make a difference in your energy use!
- If you need a new roof, check into cool roof technology that helps block heat during the summer!
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