There are a lot of articles, blogs, podcasts, paper airplanes and the like talking about saving energy in the home but most have the same common sense content. Turn the lights off when not in use, don’t run the water when brushing teeth…are people really not aware of these simple ways to conserve.
There are some other ways to conserve that you may not have thought of.
-Boil water with the lid on.
-Wash clothes with cold water detergent. Hot water contributes to up to 20% of home energy use.
-Keep the fridge full.
-Get a dual flush toilet, a button for #1 and a button for #2.
-Put insulating foil behind radiators.
-Make sure thermostats are away from windows and sunlight to ensure and accurate reading.
-Children have a high metabolism so make them wear sweatshirts instead of turning the heat up.
That was pretty much how it was growing up in Boston.
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