The weather may be hot and humid, but summer is still a good time to be mindful of the importance of protecting God’s creation, the Earth, by reducing energy waste in your home. Below are a few simple suggestions to get you started. These tips will both help reduce waste and reduce costs.
Green Lighting Tips:
- Do not place lamps near a thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat produced by the lamp which can change how often the air conditioner will run.
- Use dimmers, motion detectors, and timers on indoor and outdoor lighting
- Use CFL lightbulbs wherever possible, as they reduce energy use by up to 75 per cent
Green Tips for Cooling Your Home:
- Change or clean your air conditioner filter regularly to keep the system running most efficiently
- Have your air conditioning system checked annually to make sure it is running smoothly
- Install a programmable thermostat to regulate your cooling when you are not at home
- Plant deciduous trees outside windows on the south side of your house to provide shade in summer
Clothes washing and drying:
- Hang clothes to dry on a clothes tree or clothesline, at least some of the time. This also will make your clothes last longer due to less wear and tear from drying them a dryer at high heat
- Empty the lint trap after each use of the dryer when you do use it
- Do full loads when using the washing machine for less water waste
- Use cold or warm cycles instead of hot cycles for wash, because heating the water for laundry consumes 90 per cent of the energy of the laundry process
- Use a microwave rather than an oven, range or toaster where possible
- Cover pans when cooking to keep heat in
- Use the appropriate size burner on the range-small for small pots, large for large pots
- Choose small appliances over big ones for cooking (e.g. rice cooker, electric tea kettle or toaster oven over using a large pan for rice, a large kettle for tea or the full size oven for cooking)
Keep cool and eco-friendly this summer!