Easy Ways to Conserve and Preserve part I

Tony and I attend a Lutheran Church, at which is a group called “The Green Team”.  Recently in our church newsletter, the Green Team shared a few energy saving tips with us.  Here you go:

1)  Change your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs, to save 75% heat and 75% electricity.  Note:  We have changed many of the lightbulbs in our house, but we still have a few more to go.  I just bought two new lamps that don’t seem to take a CFL bulb.  I’ll have to look into that.

2) Increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by replacing your filters regularly.  Also, seal and insulate ductwork, and install a programmable thermostat.  Note: We discovered another reason why it is good to replace your filters regularly.  If you don’t, and the filter gets clogged, air can’t pass through as it should, and parts of your HVAC can short out (or something like that).  Take it from me, because it happened to us.  Our HVAC guy suggested we buy inexpensive filters (less than a dollar) that you can “see your hand through” when you hold it up to the light.  I guess other filters are too dense and don’t allow air flow as well.

3) Did you know that a leaky toliet can waste 200 gallons of water?  The information from the church newsletter seems to indicate that is *per day* but I don’t see how that is possible.  However, keep your plumbing in good order, and perhaps do things like turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth.

Look for a few more tips in a few days!


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