There are many things, large and small, that you can do to help conserve energy, reduce your carbon footprint, and support an expanding green economy.
General Energy Conservation Tips
(Note: These actions will also save you money.)
- Turn off electrical devices when you're not using them, including computers, televisions, and lights.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs, such as compact fluorescent bulbs, rather than incandescent bulbs.
- Weatherize your home to eliminate leaks around doors and windows. This will reduce your air conditioning in warm weather and your heating in cool weather.
- Turn your refrigerator down only to the lowest temperatures necessary – about 37 degrees for the refrigerator compartment and 3 degrees for the freezer. Refrigerators use about 20% of household electricity.
- Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. The installed setting of most water heaters is hotter than necessary.
- Don't run your dishwasher until it's full. Turn off the drying cycle, open it up, and let your dishes air dry.
- When you buy a vehicle, buy one that gets good mileage. Consider getting an electric, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid.
Green Technology Investment
- When you build or make changes to your home or business, use energy-saving materials and components.
- Consider installing a photovoltaic solar energy system for your home or business. You can calculate how many years it would take you to see a return on your investment with this Solar Energy Payback Calculator.
At the DNR
Visit a DNR facility to see what's being done there with renewable energy and energy conservation.