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Greening Up Your Electricity

Posted on January 1, 2013

Greening Up Your Electricity – Found some awesome tips on how to lighten up your electric footprint.

Reduce your use – This may seem like the most obvious thing to do, but check out these ideas and if you’re not already putting them into practice, a few changes can make a big difference.
*Use compact fluorescent light bulbs or light emitting diodes.
*Turn off lights and other devices when they are not being used. Those electronics that sleep continue to use electricity.
*Only use “smart” power strips. Other A/C adapters continue to use power when plugged in, even if they are not in use.
*Clothes dryers use lots of energy, get smart with your dryer and don’t run it to unwrinkle your clothes, take the clothes out when warm and hang them.
*You could even get a clothes line!

Get a solar charger – These small (about the size of a notebook) devices can use solar energy to charge up your portable electronic devices. By using a solar charger you can save on the energy you use for things like cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, PDA’s and your camera.

Sign up for green power The company you use now may offer a green choice to their customers and if they don’t then you may want to look into finding another company that does. About 600 of the US’s 6,000 power utilities offer a green power option of some kind. With a green program your utility company buys renewable energy such as wind and solar and thus creating a market for companies who produce these kinds of energy. Yes, it may cost a bit more, but not too much. Before you sign up have the company share with you where they are getting their power. Be a good steward and make sure the energy is from wind or solar, if not, keep shopping.

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances Those appliances you plug in use the most energy, second only to the cooling and heating for your home. When you are shopping seek out the most energy efficient models available. You’ve seen the yellow EnergyGuide label which rates consumption. Electronics like computers and audio equipment can be big power users, look for the Energy Star Rating.

Want more good ideas for Greening Up Your Electricity? Start here http://www.treehugger.com/htgg/how-to-go-green-electricity.html

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