Photo by Justin Helmick

Computers. Vending machines. Refrigerators. Washer/dryers. Ceiling fans. Pool pumps. What do these things have in common? Bingo- they all use energy. And you have most of them in your home. Different brands use different amounts of energy, so look at energy efficiency when you’re buying. You can find information on the bright yellow Energy Guide label or look for products that display the blue Energy Star logo.  It’s an easy peasy way to save energy without lifting a finger, or even having to think about it. And as energy prices go up, you’ll still be saving money & power!

Do your buying choices really matter? Remember, it’s not just you out there- it’s me and your neighbors and people all over the country. The ENERGY STAR.gov/products website says that,  “if all computers sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the savings would grow to:

  • More than $1 billion in annual energy costs per year
  • …the equivalent to the emissions from more than 1.4 million vehicles.”

And that’s just from computers! Every step you take helps you save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

In full disclosure, I worked with the Energy Star Buildings program from 1999-2004.

Resource: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0072-shopping-home-appliances-use-energyguide-label#how;

Cozy Quiz

 Have you turned down your thermostat yet? Remember, any step you take to turn down the heat is making the world a cleaner place (and saving you money)! See where you fall in this not-so-official rating system:

Novice: You turned down the heat from 75 to 72 and put on socks and long pants.

Intermediate: You set the thermostat at 68 during the day and put on a cute sweater or fleece. The heat goes even lower at night when you’re asleep, thanks to a programmable thermostat.

Pro: You crank down the heat and tell the family, “55, stay alive, people!”

During a recent polar vortex, an energy company had technical difficulties and couldn’t keep up with the extra power that was needed. They asked their customers to turn the heat down as low as possible. I wonder if more people have joined in if the power company asked everyone to lower their thermostats by 5 degrees instead? What would you have done?

If you’re asking, why save electricity?