Energy Conservation – Do Your Part
Energy conservation – efficient energy use, in which case energy use is decreased while achieving a similar outcome, or by reduced consumption of energy services. –

Energy conservation is an important element in energy policy. It can have a positive impact by increasing financial capital, national security, personal security, human comfort and environmental value. You can conserve energy in numerous ways. It can be achieved by doing things such as driving or speaking up about how you feel when it comes to energy conservation.

When driving, you can participate in energy conservation by using cruise control on the highway. Make sure that your car is tuned properly and that you replace anything that needs to be fixed. If you own more than one car, drive the newer one. To take energy conservation to the highest level, try going to work using alternate methods. This could be riding public transportation, riding your bike or even walking. If you are purchasing a car, try to get the most efficient, low polluting car. You could even try to purchase a zero polluting electric car.

Energy conservation can be practiced when you are purchasing products for the home. When it is time to cut the grass, use a push mower instead of an electric mower. If that garage door needs to be painted, make sure to buy water based pain or paints with low amounts of volatile compounds. Make sure that you store solvents in air tight containers. When painting, use a brush instead of a sprayer.

Recycle as often as you can. Did you know that recycled aluminum can reduce pollution by 95 percent? If you recycle one glass container, you save enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours. When you are cooking outdoors, try using a propane or natural gas barbecue.

Lighting can conserve energy as well. Use natural lighting when possible. You can also change out your old light bulbs and replace those with fluorescent lights. Most energy is lost due to heating and cooling your home. Try using a programmable thermostat and make sure you have proper insulation. You also need to make sure that your appliances are kept clean. There are coils behind your refrigerator that can become clogged with lint. This will make the appliance work harder.

There are many things that you can do to help with energy conservation. Most of them don’t even require you to pay any money out of pocket. Something as simple as walking to work or riding your bike can have a huge impact.