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Jan

27

2012

Three easy ways to conserve energy

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Planting trees can shade your home from direct sunlight and shield your house from heavy winds.

Whenever you save energy, you can save money while reducing your environmental impact. Conserving energy doesn’t require many heavy sacrifices around the house and there are many energy efficient materials and strategies for almost every room in your house.

This now means that consumers have the power to change their energy use on a revolutionary scale. Here are a few simple ways to conserve energy:

1. An estimated 70% of energy consumption used by home is associated with heating and cooling. By insulating your walls and ceilings you can save on home heating bills and reduce the CO2 emissions you make every year.

2. Homeowners can plant trees on their property that will shade their homes from direct sunlight or shield them from heavy winds. These tactics conserve the amount of energy used to heat and cool their home.

3. Home owners can also buy energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs for the lights they use the most. These light bulbs help conserve energy since they only use 1/4 of the energy of an ordinary incandescent bulb and last 8-12 times longer. Traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light. Over 90% of the energy an incandescent light bulb uses is given off as heat and not light.

Check out these sites from the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for more information:
http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/lighting_daylighting/index.cfm/mytopic=12050
http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/lighting_daylighting/index.cfm/mytopic=11975
http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/landscaping/index.cfm/mytopic=11940 and
http://www.energysavers.gov/pdfs/energy_savers.pdf
http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/insulation_airsealing/index.cfm/mytopic=11320

We hope you find tips and websites above useful. By paying attention to the details around our homes we will not only conserve energy, but also help to save the environment!

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