Celebrating Earth Day by Saving Energy

Posted: April 1, 2018 at 7:00 am

Save the PlanetWhile saving energy is important all year
long, earth day reminds us to look at our efforts from a fresh perspective.

For almost 50 years, Earth Day has been celebrated across the globe annually on April 22nd. Earth’s precious natural resources are not unlimited so it’s up to us to use them wisely and help preserve them for future generations.

Each month, in this magazine— Florida Currents—we share simple and practical ways to save energy. When you help the planet by going “green,” I believe you can’t go wrong because you’ll also keep more “green” in your wallet.

When saving energy, you don’t have to wait a long time to reap the benefits. With every reduction in energy use, you’ll see an immediate reduction in your power bill each month.

You may be thinking to yourself, “Where do I start and how can I make a difference for the planet and my family?”

It’s easier than you think.

Most families can’t afford to make a big change like buying a newer home or replacing all their appliances to save energy. But, nearly everyone can make small changes. And, making small changes in your energy use can add up to big savings.

We Recommend These Simple But Effective Tips:

  • Install a programmable thermostat. Program it according to your weekly schedule and you’ll save money.
  • Turn off lights, electronics and appliances when not in use. Consider using a power strip for items that use electricity even when they are off.
  • Replace lightbulbs with LED bulbs. They last longer and use less energy than other types of lighting.
  • Wash clothes in cold water. They’ll be just as clean and your water heater won’t have to work as hard.
  • Set the water heater temperature at no more than 120 degrees. If it’s more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with an Energy Star rated model.
  • Caulk around windows to prevent conditioned air from escaping. Caulk is cheap and effective.
  • Schedule a free energy audit. Call PRECO at 1-800-282-3824. We’ll help you identify where your energy dollars are spent and how to reduce energy use.

Make every day Earth Day. Make small changes in energy use and soon you’ll see lower electric bills. It’s good for you and good for the planet.

Randy Shaw