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improve your energy efficiency

You can take steps right now to increase the efficient use of electricity and natural gas.

You can control your thermostat – turn it down in winter, up in summer. Moving your thermostat just 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer could save about 2,000 pounds of of CO2 a year.

You can switch from your old light bulbs to compact fluorescents. Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) will save 150 pounds of CO2 a year.

You can wash your laundry in cold or warm water – saving 500 pounds of CO2 per year.

You can turn off appliances and other electrical items when not in use. Unplugging a second refrigerator or freezer in your home that's not needed can save 1600 pounds of CO2 coal per year. Simply turning off your television, DVD player, stereo and computer when you’re not using them will save you thousands of pounds of CO2 a year. And when you are shopping for an appliance or energy-user, look for the ENERGY STAR® label.

By simply buying products with less packaging and being sure to recycle your paper, plastics and glass, you can make a big difference. Reducing garbage by 10% will save 1000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

By taking these simple steps, we can save electricity and natural gas equivalent to the use of more than 20,000 homes.


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