Earth Day Tip List
Lighting the Way for Earth Day Simple At-Home Changes You Can Make
“What are you doing to save the Earth?”
At first, that question might feel overwhelming. But in reality, it’s not: Even the smallest changes can have a lasting, wide-reaching difference. Specifically*:
- By not drinking bottled water, you’ll save 216 pounds of CO2 emissions a year.
- By paying bills online, you’ll reduce the 41 pounds of junk mail that the average American household receives each year.
- By bringing reusable shopping bags, you’ll save your family an average of 60 plastic bags every four grocery trips.
This Earth Day, Rockingham Electric is sharing other easy ways to help protect our planet.
Easy Tip 1: Switch to CFL or LED Light Bulbs
CFL and LED light bulbs have some of the most energy-efficient technology available, making them last longer and cost less to operate:
|Annual cost of operation per bulb||$6.57||$1.64||$1.12|
|Percent more efficient than incandescent||N/A||75%||83%|
|Rated bulb life||1.4 years(1,000 hours)||14 years(10,000 hours)||34 years($25,000 hours)|
Source: Efficiency Maine
To lower the cost of switching, Rockingham Electric offers in-store coupons on the purchase of CFL and LED bulbs. Don’t forget to recycle used CFL bulbs! Refer to www2.epa.gov/cfl#whererecycle for recycling instructions.
Easy Tip 2: Use Less Energy with Sensors and Dimmers
Technology can help lower the amount of energy your house uses. Specifically, by installing occupancy (or motion) sensors in your house, you can ensure lights automatically turn on and off when needed. Even choosing to install a dimmer helps lower energy used (dimmers can save between 4% and 9% in electricity—even when the lights are on their brightest). Rockingham Electric stocks all these products by industry leaders Leviton, Hubbell, and Lutron products.
Easy Tip 3: Turn off Unnecessary Lights
This may be the simplest tip of all: Don’t leave lights on in rooms no one is using. The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning says that the majority of the energy used (about 90% in incandescent lights) is given off as heat. Just click the switch on the way out!
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Image source: Earth Rise as Seen From Lunar Surface in NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection in Flickr Commons