Most families worry about the cost of energy, getting upset because they have their heat on full-blast during the winter and cannot keep their home warm, which means they have to pay more money just to get through the winter. What they don’t realize is that they’re also doing damage to the environment! That extra energy being used is creating MORE greenhouse gases. The same goes for cooling your home in the summer.
In the U.S., 20% of greenhouse gas emissions come from home energy use (Encyclopedia of Earth).
- Do not use duct tape to seal your ducts. Instead, use water-based mastic.
- Use motion detector light switches so you don't have to remember to turn the lights off.
- Use sealant or caulk to fill any leaks around window or door frames.
- Buy Energy Star appliances
- Use power strips that cut-off energy when electronics are in stand-by mode, ending "vampire draw" or using energy when an item is off.
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