Conservation tips for Energy Awareness Month

by USAG Rheinland-Pfalz
Stripes Europe

October is National Energy Awareness Month. Here are some tips to help reduce your carbon footprint and conserve energy.

At home

  • Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs. They use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.
  • Set your refrigerator temperature between 35 and 45F. Use the power-save switch if you have one.
  • Wash full loads of clothes when possible. When smaller loads are necessary, use less water.
  • Choose Energy Star certified major appliances as they use about 15 – 35% less power than other appliances.
  • Pay attention to the EU energy efficiency label. A+++ is the most efficient, and D is the least efficient, based on the product’s energy consumption.
  • If possible iron all your clothes at one time.
  • Turn off your dishwasher after the wash cycle — let your dishes air-dry. You'll save energy and keep your dishwasher from heating up your kitchen.
  • Set your dishwashers on economy mode.
  • Match your pot size to the burner on your stove. Heat is lost when small pots are used on large burners.

At work

  • Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use – Leaving a computer on all day can cost about 21 cents per day, or about $75 per year.
  • Use multiple-outlet strips, which can turn everything off with the flip of a switch. Ensure they are used safely.
  • Take advantage of natural daylight: turn off or dim lighting when the sun is shining.
  • Print only when necessary. This will not only reduce paper wastage but also helps to cut energy required to run a printer.
  • REPORT lights or heating left on in unoccupied buildings to DPW !

During leisure time

  • Fly wisely - Air travel is often the most energy consuming aspect of a travel. Compare air travelling versus road or rail. Stay longer in a destination instead of making many short trips.
  • Book responsibly - When choosing your hotel, tour operator, or other service providers, select ones that have good sustainability practices. Look for information on the company's environmental initiatives.
  • Unplug before you leave—Turn off lights and unplug household appliances that can be left unplugged while you are away.
  • Choose greener ways to get around - such as public transportation (bus, train, city car, etc.) and alternative modes of transportation (walking, bicycle, non-motorized vehicles, etc.)

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