21 Ways You Can Save Energy

21 Ways You Can Save Energy If we reduce energy consumption, we can avoid construction of new power plants and other negative energy impacts.   The savings below are expressed primarily as reduced Carbon dioxide emissions (a prime cause of Climate Change), but many other environmental damages will also be equally reduced.   Carbon dioxide savings are averages, but your savings may be even higher.   Keep in mind that as you save energy, you also save money! 1. Efficient Transportation --- Transportation is a leading energy consumer.  In the U.S., vehicles use more gasoline each year than the entire U.S. oil industry produces.  Try to live near your work or school, and use public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike when you can.  Replace your SUV with one of the new hybrid gas and electric cars and you could save as much as $11,000 on gas and produce 107 fewer tons of carbon dioxide.   The new efficient hybrids are reliable and drive (and refuel) just like a standard car, with no need to recharge batteries.  (see Improving Our Transportation Systems for more energy savings.)
    2. Better Appliances --- Purchase energy efficient household appliances.  This can make an enormous difference.   For example: if you replace your 1972 refrigerator with a 2001 model, you may cut your carbon dioxide emissions by 1,100 lbs. a year and save $80 a year on your energy bill.   (Install the dishwasher away from your refrigerator: the dishwasher's heat and moisture make the fridge work harder.)  Replace your top-loading washing machine with a front-loader, and you may save $100 a year in energy, water and detergent.  A new Energy Star refrigerator uses about 20% less energy than a standard new refrigerator and 46% less than one made before 1980. A new Energy Star washing machine uses nearly 50% less energy than a standard washer.”   (For details, visit: Energy Star http://www.energystar.gov) 3. Cold Water Wash and Line Dry --- Washing clothes in cold water reduces your...