I work for the power company.
I realize that some of you may not believe that conserving energy is necessary...and if that's you, this thread is not for you.
For those of you that do believe in conserving energy, how are you doing it?
I'm curious to know some of your ideas.
Around this house we've tried to take a number of steps:
- Changed out ever light bulb to the flourescent lights
- Unplugged EVERYTHING that we do not use on a regular basis. We don't leave our phone chargers plugged in all the time any more, only when charging a phone. The toaster is unplugged except when needed, etc.
- While working from home, I don't even turn the lights on. I just open the windows.
- only water the lawn when needed not on a regular schedule per the sprinkler system
- Ride our motorcycles when we go places instead of the cars since they don't put as much wear and tear on the roads, use as much gas, and don't pollute as much as the cars
- Only run laundry when we have a full load
- instead of using the heated drying feature on the dishwasher, we wash dishes in the dishwasher then open the door and let them air dry
- shower together (yeah yeah), no baths
- On our house that we're building we've opted for the blown in insulation and Radiant barier on the roof to better insulate the house
- Manifold water system - PVC piping instead of copper and more direct pipe routing unlike conventional plumbing - means quicker heated water. We would have gone with tankless water heaters, but there's no gas where we're building
- ETWater system for the sprinklers - takes weather data (temp, wind, humidity, etc) as well as soil moisture numbers and only waters when needed PERIOD
- Durring the winter, use a heated blanket as needed instead of heating the entire house. Wear more layers around the house. no need to walk around the house in shorts and a t-shirt when it's 28 degrees outside.
- Recycle EVERYTHING possible. I'll even take things home while we're out so I can recycle them instead of just throwing them away.
- if our trash isn't full, we don't put it out. No need for the trash truck to waste that energy lifting it and tossing it if it's not full!
That's just some of what we're doing.
What are you doing?
I'm always interested in hearing new ideas.
btw - did you know that it takes 1120 lbs. of coal to power a computer for one year?
Instead of a standard Sprinkler system that uses fresh water. Ours uses grey water.
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I don't think that's an option with Morrison homes out in Princeton (just east of McKinney)
btw - since you are in Frisco - did you know that if you get the ETWater system installed, you're not subject to the watering restrictions? though, I don't know that it matters since you're using Grey water.
Are you in town our out?
Energy saving bulbs.
Use space heaters/fans instead of central heating/air conditioning.
Walk to the grocery store.
Bike around when we can.
Stopped using dishwasher.
Less showers. ;-P
I also just open the windows instead of turning the lights on when im at home. I think it's more to save on my electric bill though
Either way I am still conserving even if the main reason is because I'm cheap ..lol
I am also conserving by not having a lawn that I have to water.
And, I only use paper cups and dishes so I don't have to waste all that water washing them or running the dishwasher.
I had a feeling someone was going to say that. I dont use that many dishes and cups, Im just one person I have one garbage bag a week- MAYBE that.
Also, its rare I use a cup- im a redbull addict so Im always drinking from a can. And Red, you will be happy to know that YES I do take them back and recycle
Imagine how many paper plates and cups you've gone through over the years.
Not to mention the money spent on them.
A set of 4 plates and cups can be had for like $30...and those would be some pretty decent plates.
I bet you spend a lot more than that in a year on papers.
make the change and you'll be down to a trash back every 2 weeks!