The U.S. is the world’s single largest contributor to global warming. Compared to the rest of the world, the U.S. emits 19.5 tons of carbon per person which is about five times the world average of 3.9 tons per person.
According to the Department of Energy, the typical U.S. family spends more than $1600 per year on home utilities but much of that is energy wasted. Unfortunately, one home creates more carbon dioxide than two cars.
To save money today and reduce carbon output from your home, try these tips:
1) Install a programmable thermostat for both the heater and air conditioning system.
2) Turn off the heat drying cycle on your dishwasher. Let the dishes air dry.
3) This one is hard one for those workaholics, like me - Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
4) Plug home electrics (TV, DVD players…) into powerstrips and switch them off when not in use. If you didn’t know, even when you turn your TV off, it’s in standby mode and still uses power.
5) Lower your thermostat water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
6) Wash full loads of laundry and dishes.
7) Look for Energy Star labels for appliances.