Not everyone can design and build a new, completely energy efficient home. However, everyone can learn ways to save energy and use clean, renewable technologies at home, at work, and while driving. The Department of Energy has a wealth of information for consumers on their website (www.energysavers.gov) -- take a look and learn what you can do to make every day Earth Day. Here are some helpful hints:
Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label.
Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
Turn off your computer, monitor and printer when not in use.
Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F, or install an "on demand" water heater.
Take short showers instead of baths.
Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes and run the loads during "off hours".