Easy Tricks to Cut Your Energy Bill
1. Heat food in your toaster oven — it uses up to 50 percent less energy than a full-size oven.
2. Opt for white window shades during warmer weather and keep them closed during the day to reflect the sun’s heat away from your house.
3. Store refrigerated food and beverages in closed containers; if left uncovered, they release moisture and overburden the appliance’s compressor.
4. Choose an Energy Star–compliant computer, which uses 70 percent less electricity than a nondesignated model.
5. Place lamps and TVs far away from thermostats so the heat given off doesn’t cause air-conditioning systems to run longer than they need to.
6. Don’t believe the screen-saver myth. Computer screen savers don’t cut energy use! Enable the auto sleep mode or turn off the monitor for eco-friendly operation.
More than 80% of the energy we generate and consume on this planet comes from burning hydrocarbons – a practice that is clearly unsustainable -- yet we (especially Americans) are making dreadfully little progress in migrating to solar, wind, geothermal, hydrokinetics and biomass. Whether our concerns are environmental, economic, military, or whether we feel some level of sympathy for the people who suffer and die each year from respiratory ailments directly related to the aromatics caused by burning fossil fuels, we need to acknowledge that the world will, at a certain point, be forced in another direction. So why not now? Why are we so slow to make a change here, when it’s so clear that our love affair with dirty energy cannot continue? Author, speaker, and business consultant Craig Shields has spoken with many hundreds of people on this topic over the past two years, and has amassed a considerable amount of information on the subject. Following up his Amazon.com #1 best-selling energy book Renewable Energy – Facts and Fantasies, Shields presents this moving summary of his most recent conversations.