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Here is a list of important energy saving tips that will reduce your budget as well as saving our planet.Posted by Green Life Staff

There are important energy saving tips that will reduce your budget as well as saving the planet from global warming and other environment issues that have increased prices for energy and other goods.

•  During the summer, do not turn on the air conditioner unless it is an unbearably hot temperature of ninety degrees and higher. If the temperature is less than ninety degrees, open the windows and turn on fans to air out the house or apartment.

•  During the winter, do not turn on the heater unless it is very cold. Instead, make your environment warm and cozy by using a fireplace, wearing warm clothing, and cuddling with lots of blankets. And, if you have a mate and/or pets, it is more warm and cozy to cuddle with them.

•  Turn on lights only at night and when the room is being used. When the lights are on, use fluorescent lights or eco-friendly lights. Turn off other electronics, such as television, computer, and radio when not in use.

•  Use a renewable energy system that omits fossil fuels. Such fossil fuels include coal, oil, and natural gas, and they can emit carbon dioxide in the air.  Renewable energy system includes biomass, small hydro, solar, wind, geothermal, tidal energy, or photovoltaic conversion system.

•  Do not use disposable items unless they are biodegradable. Instead, use a real camera, as well as plates, glass, cups and eating utensils that can be washed.

•  Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic and paper products, steel and tin cans, used motor oil, paint and batteries. Old electronics should be recycled since they contain lead and mercury, which can taint the soil and water. Thereby, poisoning drinking water as well as vegetation.  Recycle car fluids, parts, batteries and accessories as well as cars and tires. Recycle old compost to create your own fertilizer.

•  Use cotton and linen products because they do not emit VOCs to the air; and thereby, improving air quality. Organic cotton is a lot better because it does not use up petrochemicals.

•  Buy products in bulk or large boxes to save on packaging. Such bulk shopping can be found in warehouse stores, such as Costco.

•  Use cleaning products that do not have harsh chemicals and that are not scented.

•  Do not use foam products, such as cups, bowls, plates, and clamshell boxes, because they use up petrochemicals and they do not recycle well.

•  Wash most of your clothes in cold water because hot water uses up a lot of energy. So, wash in hot water at a minimum. When drying clothes, only place big, chunky, and thick pieces, like towels, sheets, jeans, sweats, blankets, robes and pajamas in the dryer with dryer balls in order to reduce the length of drying. Try to lay out smaller pieces of clothing as well as the delicate and gentle garments to air dry.

Therefore, saving energy leads to saving money and saving the planet. The three R’s—reduce, reuse and recycle as well as recycling aluminum, steel and tin cans, glass bottles and jars, and paper and plastic products can help people immensely conserve energy. Thereby, energy and environmental conservations can improve people’s life and future by decreasing costs and saving the planet.

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