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How to Conserve Small, Medium and Large Amounts of Energy

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With the rising cost of some forms of energy, depleting resources, and continued pollution you may want to look at ways you can save energy. There are a number of easy to follow suggestions on this page. This is a page about how to conserve small, medium, and large amounts of energy.


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With oil and gasoline prices on the rise, conserving energy is on the mind of many Americans. As a nation, we're being asked to do our part to cut back on the amount of energy we consume. Here are some easy energy conservation strategies that can save small, medium and large amounts of energy (and save you money).

Small Ways to Save Energy

Every little bit counts. If these measures were adopted by every person in a household, or by every house on one block or by every block in one community, these small savings could really add up.

In the Kitchen

In the Yard and Garden

Medium Ways to Save Energy

These energy conservation measures save medium amounts of energy, which over time may result in the biggest savings because they include things we do every day.

In the Laundry Room


In the Bathroom

In the Workshop

With Home Cooling

With Appliances

With Lighting

In the Yard and Garden

On the Road

On Vacation

When Shopping

Large Ways to Save Energy

In the Bathroom

With Home Heating

Year Round at Home

On the Road

On Vacation

When Shopping

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June 14, 20060 found this helpful
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Air conditioning! elimination
1 Buy or rent homes where big establish trees are near your dwelling
2 And yes porches and awnings work to create temperature coolers.
3 The color of your roof shingles can save you energy
4 have less concrete and blacktop around your house.
5 wear cotton clothes
6 have natural lighting all you can instead of burning electricity
7.use electrical appliances very sparingly during the hottest part of the days
8 open windows when shade starts to form of that side of the house.
9 wash yourselves in a bathtub of cold water or use cold water wash cloths to your head and back of neck
10 think of the coldest days last winter and how much your utilities bills were.( This last suggestion alone has got me through a many a hot and humid days) and by the way I keep my thermostats in the low 60s in the winter and have blankets to cover with when in the living room.
Stay Cool Naturally
and save energy
Mr. Thrifty

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May 28, 20090 found this helpful
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Manufacturers should be taken firmly to task to upgrade efficiency. For instance, how much insulation is built into your oven, or your refrigerator? Well, there is probably as much as you will find in the ceiling of your car.
Super efficient refrigerators would have a couple inches of rigid foam on the sides and top, likewise for your oven. It is not unlikely that a good craftsman could build in his or her own to cut down on electricity or natural gas use.
As for your roof: For decades the possibility of using the millions of roofs in this country as clean power generating sites by using solar panels has existed, yet it has not happened. Ask yourself why not.

Hint: The lack of progress on a large scale is a result of politics. The sorry excuse that the market place has not demanded progress is pathetic and suffers from overuse. Meanwhile, look at your own use of our depleting resource base and take steps so you can make your own contribution. If you can walk or ride a bicycle to a local business to shop, do so. If you can stand warmer temperatures in the summer and cooler temperatures in the winter, do so.
If you can make a week of freezable meals for your family on a weekend afternoon, do so.

Use your window shades or blinds to regulate room temperature. Open windows at night to let in cool air.
Use public transit if available. In tough times, grow your own food, including sprouts, or yogurt. If you can change your food preferences, you can save energy and money and maybe lose weight. Look around at just what it is that you really think is necessary. If you can get along without it, it may be less necessary than you think. Pretend that you are in a lifeboat and consider whether you should keep something that might cause a capsize; if it would, then seriously consider throwing overboard.
Who knows? Maybe we will find out that less, indeed, is more.

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June 2, 20060 found this helpful

When cooking with the electric stove or oven, turn it off and cook with the residual heat for the last 5 to 10 mins. The burners are still hot, so use what you've got.

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June 2, 20060 found this helpful

I liked the tips but keeping the temp at
78-80 degrees whew! I live in MO and it is hot
and yucky we keep it at 70 and 73 when we sleep
and that is alot for us as hubby likes it cool and usuallly at 68 degrees I am working on this.
We were gone at inlaws and temp was 75 plus inside
and hubby has been sick since he is disabled and
hot weather makes him feel worse.
We are trying no one likes $$$ a/c bills.

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