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Sustainable Citizen: Energy Consumption


Written by Plant With Purpose on May 8, 2014 in General

On Tuesday we shared about energy issues in the six countries where Plant With Purpose works to bring about progress from poverty. In rural regions of developing countries, it is often infrastructure that limits use. These issues contrast greatly with our easy access to electricity in the U.S.

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A group meeting in Haiti utilizes natural lighting.

Below are some energy saving strategies to help you be mindful of energy usage at home and in the workplace. We especially encourage awareness of your usage in light of the recent reflections on the National Climate Assessment. Let the following four categories – lighting, heating and cooling, appliances, and energy sources – be a starting point to your energy saving efforts.


 

Lighting

1. Turn off lights!
2. Switch to CFL light bulbs or better, LED lights.
3. Utilize natural light sources like windows, skylights, solar tubes, etc.
 

Heating and Cooling

1. Install a programmable thermostat. This device can be programmed to heat the house only when you are home and can target areas of the house.
2. Make sure your home is efficiently insulated to avoid loss of energy.
3. Plant trees and shrubs to help cool your house.
4. When cooking, use lids and insulation to keep food warm.
 

Appliances

1. Unplug any and all appliances that are not being used.
2. Buy hand operated appliances like your can opener, toothbrush, and eggbeater.
3. Instead of leaving your computer constantly on, power it off. Turn off the monitor when you’re away for shorter periods.
4. Line-dry your clothing instead of using a commercial dryer.
 

Energy Source

1. Plug devices into power strips and turn off the entire strip when not in use.
2. Go solar! Install solar panels, buy a solar power battery charger, purchase a solar cooker.
3. Harness the wind. Do you live in an area with impressive amounts of wind? Invest in a windmill!
4. Derive power from water. Do you live near a powerful source of water? Look into hydropower in your area.

What additional actions are you taking to save energy?


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