Reducing your household or workplace energy use is good for the planet and your wallet!
Choose one Challenge.
Here are some examples to inspire you:
- Turn your home and/or office thermostat down 1 or 2 degrees when you use heat and up 1 or 2 degrees if you’re using air conditioning.
- Wash clothes using cold water and air dry
- Turn off the lights when you don’t need them. This might seem pretty basic, but remember to do this in conference rooms, bathrooms,etc.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving CFLs or LEDs.
- Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use, many will still draw electricity even when they are turned off. Even better connect multiple appliances (computers, printers, toasters, coffee makers, etc.) to a power strip you can turn off.
- Complete an online energy audit of your house and identify next steps for saving energy at home.
- Replace manual thermostats with programmable ones.
- Install energy meters, monitor your energy use and identify opportunities to save power.
- Connect all the electronics at your desk to one power strip, so you can turn everything off at the day of the day with the push of one button.
- Enable the energy saving settings on computers and printers. Then reduce the amount of time before the equipment switches into power saving mode
- Say no to screen savers -- they use 28% more energy; put the computer to sleep instead.
- Reduce your "screen time" and save the energy used to power the TV, DVD player, computer, etc.
- Share printers instead of powering a printer for every person.
- Find out if your utility company has a clean energy option, and sign up if so.
- Naturally heat and cool your house, dorm room or office using fans, curtains and blinds whenever possible.
- Insulate your water heater and pipes.
- Replacing inefficient heating and cooling units, upgrading uninsulated windows and sealing other leaks with reduce the amount of power your office or home uses.
- Install alternative energy systems (like solar electric systems and solar water heaters) at home or advocate for alternatives for your work or campus.
- Organize one of NWEI’s discussion course such as Powering a Bright Future with your friends, classmates or coworkers.
Looking for more precise information on your electricity consumption?
If you are interested in the breakdown of your electricity and want to thoroughly investigate your home, habits and usage, consider an energy audit either with a professional or with freely available online tools.