Earth Day is April 22. If you’re looking for easy ways to reduce your energy use, you can start by:
- Turning the lights out every time you leave a room.
- Washing your clothes in cold water —you’ll save the energy it takes to heat the water for a warm or hot cycle.
- Emptying your clothes dryer’s lint trap every time you load the machine. A lint-free trap helps your clothes dry faster, which means you’ll use less energy running the dryer.
- Replacing your old thermostat with a programmable model. This can help you save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Making sure your refrigerator and freezer doors are both sealed tightly. If a dollar bill shut in either door is easy to pull out, it might be time to replace the gasket.
- Unplugging small appliances like phone chargers and coffee makers when you’re not using them. These electronic devices use a little bit of energy when plugged in, even when they’re turned off.
- Enabling the energy-saving features on your computer. These features will automatically put your computer in standby mode when it’s not in use.