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Conserving Energy

Solar PanelsAmericans consume a disproportionate amount of the world's energy—but there are lots of ways to conserve energy usage and make a difference for the environment.

Five Easy Things to Do to Conserve Energy

  1. Change the filter in your furnace: Keep heating and cooling systems running efficiently.
  2. Change to fluorescent light bulbs: They use far less energy than incandescent bulbs.
  3. Combine trips: Plan your errands to reduce transportation time.
  4. Lower the temperature on your water heater: You'll still have hot water, but it means the heater uses less energy when you are not using hot water.
  5. Check your car's tire pressure: Poorly inflated tires waste gas and cause more pollution.

Five Decisions That Will Make a Big Difference

  1. Buy a fuel efficient vehicle: Include the fuel economy rating as part of the decision making process.
  2. Buy green power: Go solar and get tax credits for your house or your organization.
  3. Install a programmable thermostat and weather-proof your home: It takes about 10 minutes to install and allows you to save lots of energy costs when you are not home.
  4. Buy less stuff: Everything we buy creates waste and uses energy both in the manufacturing process and after we use it.
  5. Stand up for what's right: Advocate for clean energy and the protection of wildlife from climate change.

At Home

Green Lighting

Heating and Cooling

Washing

Drying

Batteries

Refrigerators and Freezers

Cooking

Large Purchasing Decisions

Winter Tips

Summer Tips

Miscellaneous

On the Road

BicycleLifestyle Choices

Your Driving Style

General Vehicle Maintenance

Pump Your Tires to Save Gas and Wildlife

When your tires are pumped to their recommended inflation rate, you save gas. This helps wildlife because the more gas we conserve as a country, the less likely we will drill in wildlife-rich places, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

According to the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, American motorists may waste $2 billion annually because their tires are not properly inflated. If your tires are pumped to even four or five pounds per square inch lower than recommended levels, it increases your gas usage by 10 percent.

Find out your recommended tire pressure in your owner's manual or on the sticker that's found on most cars near the driver's seat (visible when you open your car door). Many gas station air pumps automatically tell your air pressure as part of the pumping process. You can also get a tire gauge for a few dollars to check the pressure at home.

Winter Tips

Summer Tips

Purchasing a Vehicle

The Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy makes a report of the fuel economy of the cars for that year. Visit their site to learn the fuel economy of your car or find the most efficient cars you can purchase.

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