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Sustainable Saturdays: Little Ways to Conserve Energy This Summer

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Limiting the amount of energy we use on a daily basis is a win-win situation for us and the environment. While we are saving money on our gas and electric bills, we are also emitting less pollution into the atmosphere and preventing global warming.

The best part is that saving energy is not difficult! All it requires of us is mindfulness and some slight changes to our day-to-day routines.

Cooling. First make sure your house or apartment is well-insulated, in order to prevent loss of cool air through the walls and ceiling. Turn off the A/C every time you leave your home, or set a timer to turn it off at a designated time each day. Finally, use thick blinds and curtains on your windows to minimize outside light entering your home—that sunlight, while pretty, can heat things up significantly.

Lighting. This one is almost too easy. Simply turn off lights when you are not using them. You can go a step further and unplug lamps when they are off, which saves even more energy. Buy energy-efficient or low-wattage bulbs to cinch the deal.

Appliances. Many dishwashers have an energy-saving wash cycle—use this. If you rinse dishes for a few minutes before placing them in the dishwasher, the lighter wash is all you need. The same goes for your laundry. If your clothes don’t really need a heavy wash, then don’t use it! For smaller appliances such as toasters and coffeemakers, make sure to unplug them in between uses.

Electronics. Use the sleep mode on your computer or shut it down after each use. Do not leave your phone and mp3 chargers plugged into outlets if they are not in use.

When you start noticing your energy bills slowly decreasing, you will be glad you made these small and simple changes. Just think of what you can buy with the leftover funds: fresh produce at your local farmer’s market, supplies for your home garden, or maybe even some shiny new cooking tools for your eco-friendly kitchen! What you do with the extra money is up to you, but protecting the environment is a choice that none of us should need to think twice about!

Happy saving!

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