Conserving energy not only saves you money, it saves valuable resources and protects the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are many things you can do conserve energy everyday.
What You Can Do
In the Car
- Have your car tuned regularly. An engine tune-up can improve car fuel economy by an average of one mile per gallon.
- Keep tires properly inflated. Underinflated tires can decrease fuel economy by up to one mile per gallon.
- Slow down. The faster you drive, the more gasoline your car uses. Driving at 65 miles per hour rather than 55 miles per hour reduces fuel economy by about two miles per gallon.
- Avoid jackrabbit starts. Abrupt starts require about twice as much gasoline as gradual starts.
- Pace your driving. Unnecessary speedups, slowdowns and stops can decrease fuel economy by up to two miles per gallon. Stay alert and drive steadily, not erratically. Keep a reasonable, safe distance from the car ahead of you and anticipate traffic conditions.
- Use your air conditioner sparingly. The use of air conditioning can reduce fuel economy by as much as two miles per gallon under certain speeds and operating conditions.
- Avoid lengthy engine idling. Turn your engine off when you are delayed for more than a couple of minutes.
- Plan your trips carefully. Combine short trips into one to do all your errands. Avoid traveling during rush hours if possible, to reduce fuel-consumption patterns such as starting and stopping and numerous idling periods. Consider joining a car pool.
Source: American Petroleum Institute
- Set your thermostat to save power. Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature of your home while you're away or sleeping. You may be able to save as much as $100 each year in energy costs.
- Change your light bulbs. Replace light bulbs or entire light fixtures with new energy efficient models. New energy-saving products require less energy, generate less heat, and last up to 10 times longer than standard lighting.
Source: Energy Star
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Updated: September 2011