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New Year’s Resolution for 2013: Save Energy, Save the World
Happy New Year’s heroes! I spend a lot of time looking for energy saving tips to share with the world, but I admit to not always following the advice I find. Everyone here at AHE will be taking a couple of days off to reflect on our plans to make the world a better place in 2013, so I thought I would share a few of my energy saving resolutions.
How do you plan to make 2013 a greener, more comfy year?
2013 New Year’s Resolution: Save Energy, Save the World
2.) Remember to switch off lights.
This sign should help.
3.) Keep the fridge lean, starting with this:
Cutting down on food waste doesn’t just mean less material waste. It also means less energy wasted keeping food cold that will just end up in a landfill. I’m also pretty excited about the idea of dealing with less spoilt food. Triple win!
4.) Invest in LEDs.
LED bulbs are still a bit pricey, but considering that the average home spends at least $200 a year on lighting, a switch to LEDs or compact fluorescents could mean an extra $150 in my pocket at the end of the year! Plus, LEDs don’t contain mercury the way CFLs do. That means less guilt and hassle when I do have to dispose of them.
5.) Lean to knit.
I've tried to master the art of knitting a few times, but without much success. Did you know that wearing a medium thickness sweater can provide an extra 4 degrees of warmth? Comparatively, raising your thermostat 4 degrees can add 20% to your energy bill. Hopefully, it will still be cold enough to wear a sweater by the time I finally learn how to make one.
On behalf of everyone of the whole AHE family, thanks for a great year. We look forward to saving more energy and continuing to build a sustainable future with our neighbors in 2013. Cheers!
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