The US wastes more electrical energy than any other nation. Planet Earth is dealing with very serious issues like pollution and the depletion of the ozone layer so it is important that we do our best to conserve energy and, in turn, save the Earth.
Today, we are going to address a few things that we all can do to not just save electricity but save some money as well. These are extremely simple things that anyone can do, we just have to make the decision to do them in order to help planet Earth and ourselves.
Just turning off the lights when you exit a room in your house is one of the easiest things you can do to save energy. Most people will go out of a room for 10 to 15 minutes to go to the kitchen to prepare a snack or to do something else and they leave the light on in the room they left because they will be coming back in to the room after a few minutes. Leaving the room empty with the lights on can lead to as much as thirty minutes or more of squandered electrical energy if done a couple of times a day. Even though 30 minutes doesn’t seem like much, bear in mind that millions upon millions of people do this each day. And every individual who does this is consuming 182 hours of electricity annually for just this one light. Let’s assume we consume approximately 182 hours of electricity yearly and we multiply that by one million people. That adds up to 182,000,000 hours of electricity being consumed a year on merely one light.
In addition to leaving the lights switched on when leaving a room, many of us turn the lights on when going inside a room. Many people do this without thinking. I often catch myself doing the exact same thing too. The issue is that often, there is enough light coming into a room. And still, we walk into a fairly lit room and flip the light switch to on. And the worst part is since there is daylight, you may exit the room and leave the lights on all day because you don’t even realize it’s on. You simply need to make the extra effort to not turn the lights on if there is sufficient natural light coming inside.
People who leave their televisions and radios switched on all day, when they are not even in the same room is one of the biggest problems. When I visit my mother, I have to remind her to switch the television off as she would leave it running even though she’s not watching. That’s a ton of electrical energy being consumed. If you are not going to be in the room anymore and the television is flipped on, turn it off.
These are just some really easy hints that can go a long way to save electricity and help save the environment. If every person makes just a tiny effort to do these very simple things, it can add up to make a big difference.