Energy saving tips
Global warming is one of the pressing problems we are facing these days as inhabitants of planet earth. We at SolarPower believe in the power of the individual to drive change and in the fact that each and every one of us can take small steps to reduce global warming.
Thus, we want to suggest a series of steps that, without big effort, can reduce our ecological footprint and our electricity consumption.

1. Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL)
CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year (source).

2. Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner
Cleaning a dirty air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year (source).

3. Install dimmers.
In areas where dimmed lighting makes sense, like the dining room and bedroom, dimmers save an equal percentage of energy as they are dimmed (dimmed 20% reduces energy consumption up to 20%) (source).

4. Dust off light bulbs.
Dirty, greasy, smoky, light bulbs can reduce light output by as much as 10%. Dust your light bulbs regularly. (Make sure they are cool before touching them.) You’ll avoid the tendency of switching to a stronger bulb, which will use more energy (source).

5. Move your thermostat down 2° in winter and up 2° in summer.
Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment (source).

6. Do not leave appliances on standby.
Use the "on/off" function on the machine itself. A TV set that’s switched on for 3 hours a day (the average time Europeans spend watching TV) and in standby mode during the remaining 21 hours uses about 40% of its energy in standby mode (source).

7. Don’t let heat escape from your house over a long period.
When airing your house, open the windows for only a few minutes. If you leave a small opening all day long, the energy needed to keep it warm inside during six cold months (10ºC or less outside temperature) would result in almost 1 ton of CO2 emissions (source).

8. Use the washing machine or dishwasher only when they are full.
If you need to use it when it is half full, then use the half-load or economy setting. There is also no need to set the temperatures high. Nowadays detergents are so efficient that they get your clothes and dishes clean at low temperatures (source).

9. Switch to green power.
In many areas, you can switch to energy generated by clean, renewable sources such as solar. In some of these, you can even get refunds by government if you choose to switch to a clean energy producer, and you can also earn money by selling the energy you produce. Such mechanism is soon to be published in Israel (source).

Sources:
Global warming facts .info
How to save energy
 
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