November 15, also known as America Recycles Day, is a great reminder to us all that we should be reducing, reusing and recycling! It’s the least we can do for Mother Nature! But along with recycling cans, bottles, paper and other goods, there are tons of other ways you can help the environment!
Did you know…
A six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner will waste more than 40 percent of the stove’s energy. Use pots the same size as your burners. Use lids when possible so you can cook at a lower temperature.
About 90 percent of the electricity used by everyday incandescent bulbs is lost as heat. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They provide just as much light with one-fourth the energy.
Devices such as modems and other networking boxes draw power anytime they are plugged in. Plug your computer, modem and other electronic devices into a power strip so you can turn them all off when you’re not using them. This also goes for small appliances in the kitchen that are constantly drawing energy while plugged in.
You can save money and energy on heating and cooling even when you’re away from home. A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time (such as work or school) throughout the week. With proper use, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
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