Healthy Energy Conservation

Healthy Home 2008, Spring 2008

Chances are you heard these lines while growing up: "Who left the TV on?" "Turn out the lights!" "Don't spend all day in the shower!" Truth is, what may have seemed like nagging was probably your first lesson in "green" living. Today, conserving energy is essential. According to the Energy Information Administration, residential energy use is projected to increase almost 25 percent from 2006 to 2030. Most of this energy will likely come from coal- and gas-fired power plants -- hardly welcome news for the planet.

Conserve energy where you can: Turn lights off when not in use, monitor your thermostat, cut down on long showers, and, if you hand-wash dishes, fill a dishpan or the sink with suds rather than running the water from start to finish.

More Careful
Invest in power strips that allow you to turn off electronic items with one touch.

Most Careful
Switch to energy-efficient furnaces and air conditioners, or add a high-efficiency wood stove (see Heating and Cooling for more). Patch leaky ducts and revamp your home's insulation. Replace single-pane windows with dual-pane or even triple-glazed ones.


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