Today’s events include:
Cut Your Energy Costs Day
This event is intended to place focus on our energy usage and importantly, waste.
Some ways that could be used to reduce energy costs:
- Temperature control (heating in winter, cooling in summer) is apparently the largest source of wasted energy. Have heating/cooling systems linked to a programmable thermostat. Dehumidifiers and portable heaters also use lots of power so look for energy efficient models when purchasing.
- Large appliances such as fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, can chew up a big bite of your energy costs. Replacing older models with more recent, energy efficient models.
- Insulation can be a big deal. From wall and roof insulation to caulking to seal cracks, effort in this area can reduce energy costs.
- Use your microwave for reheating, not cooking.
- With so many electronic gadgets in today’s household, plug them in through a power bar so that any power drains to keep lights and timers on will shut off when they are not in use. Some newer power bars can auto shut off as well as protecting your devices from surges.
- Lighting eats energy. Replace incandescent lights with LEDs and simply don’t leave lights on in unoccupied rooms.
- Water wasting can effect your energy costs. As well as increasing your water bill, the energy used to pump water into your house increases, so consider water and energy wasting to be linked.
Daily Trivia: Two rival TV helicopter pilots, both men, who duked it out for OJ Simpson’s police chase footage have since both had sex change operations and become female friends.