–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)–Turn on the news today and you’re bound to hear about the rising price of fuel and energy. The increasing costs of home utilities makes heating, cooling or illuminating your home even harder on the pocketbook. In addition, consumption of energy actually affects the environment. It can contribute to greenhouse gases and deterioration of the ozone layer, among other environmental factors.
It’s now more important than ever to use energy efficiently. Here are some easy ways to reduce energy usage and make for a more efficient household, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
— Watch the thermostat — Turn down your heating or cooling system when you are not at home or going to bed to conserve energy. Some thermostats can be programmed to adjust the temperature at certain times in the day.
— Get illuminated about lighting — Nearly 20 percent of the nation’s residential electricity use goes toward lighting, and it is one of the easiest areas in which consumers can save money. Keep the lights switched off in rooms you are not using. Save an estimated $60 per year in energy costs by replacing the most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs in your home with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR for energy efficiency label. For example, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) last six to 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs and about save $25 in energy costs over the life of each bulb.
This tip is part of the Change a Light, Change the World Day campaign. It is run in partnership with hundreds of retail stores, manufacturers, energy efficiency organizations, and state governments. It encourages people to take a simple action to help preserve energy resources and protect the environment by switching to energy-efficient lighting.
— Use Mother Nature — Plant shade trees to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for air conditioning. Cut down branches if you need more natural light to shine in and reduce electricity consumption.
ENERGY STAR is a government-backed, market-based partnership program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
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