It Turns Out Saving Energy Doesn’t Take Much Energy

Few terms have the ability to shut people down faster than “going green”. For many, the idea sounds more like converting to a cult, rejecting all things anthropogenic. For others, going green is semi-synonymous with emptying your wallet. For some, being green is part of a larger vision of our best selves, but even the most dedicated can find themselves drowning in a sea of reusable bags and misinformed do-goodery.

The Energy Saver Eco-Challenge with JouleBug is only on its third day, and I have to say that reducing my energy usage is one of the most difficult things I have ever tried, and by “most difficult” I really mean literally the absolute easiest. Each action you take to save energy is like a mini investment for your future and the future of the environment. Think of it as trading personal energy for the savings of energy in other forms. The reality is that putting in a small effort will quickly add up to some big savings.

Below, you’ll find some of this months most effortless buzz-able actions (which happens to be 11 out of 21 actions, so…). These are all highly do-able adjustments that you can make in your day to day life which have little to no impact on you but add up to major bonuses for your wallet and the planet.

Save energy by dressing for the weather instead of turning on the A/C or turning up the heat. Logically, it makes more sense anyway. Why wait for your whole home to heat when you could warm yourself up so much faster with a sweater or a cup of coffee?
Can it really be any easier? Literally all you have to do is close your curtains at night or before going to bed to save 229 lbs of CO2 per year. I challenge you to try and come up with a reason that this would take to much work.
The only part about this that actually involves work is the loading of the washer, which if you’re doing laundry, you’re already doing. The only thing you have to do to save 345 lbs of CO2 release per year is press the button for Cold Wash.
Turn everything off when you leave for the day or when you’re finished to save 6687 lbs of CO2 per year. Sure, that might mean having to wait a few extra minutes for everything to boot up in the mornings but you honestly should be at work early enough to have a couple of minutes to spare.
Too cold and too dark in the winter? Well, then I’ve got the right solution for you! Introducing the giant flaming ball of gas in the sky which can provide you with free heat and light! Open up those curtains and save 342 lbs of CO2 per year.
You’ve got to buy a new bulb anyway. Why not get a more efficient one? Do this and save 185 lbs of CO2 per year.
Again, you have to get a new bub when your old one goes out anyway. Skip the CFL step and go straight for LED, the most efficient bulbs. Do this and save 203 lbs of CO2 per year.
Open up the windows and let the air cool you instead of your A/C, saving 241 lbs of CO2 per year.
Turn of your powerstrip or unplug your stuff when it’s not in use to save 91 lbs of CO2 annually.
If you have a home theater, then you can manage to get a smartstrip for all of that entertainment equipment. Use on and save 223 lbs of CO2 er year.
Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and save 142 lbs of CO2 per year.

Easy, right? If you start doing each of these things, you will save over 8500 lbs of CO2 from entering the atmosphere and contributing to a warming climate. According to US Census data, there are more than 115 million households. If each household were to make these minuscule adjustments, we could prevent the annual release of about 443 386 542 metrictons of CO2. To put that into context, the US releases somewhere around 1925 million metrictons of CO2 each year. Change is possible.

It’s not too late to join the Energy Saver Challenge. mugDownload JouleBug for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play, find ‘The Wild Life’ Community, and join
others like you in a movement to create a better world. The winner of this challenge will receive an official stainless steel ‘The Wild Life’ travel mug!

More information on each of these actions and their impacts can be found in the JouleBug app under ‘Energy’.

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