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Easy ways to stop wasting energy

So you want to stop wasting energy but don't know where to start? You've come to the right place. There are lots of helpful links and easy tips here to help you stop wasting energy and money too. Saving energy doesn't always take days of planning. There are many things you can do right now to start saving energy and cutting down on costs.

1. Setting Your Thermostat

Install a programmable thermostat compatible with your heating and cooling system. Make sure to set it comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer.

2. Lower Your Water Heater Temperature

Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees farenheit.

3. Washing Clothes or Dishes

Follow the full load guideline. Never use the dishwasher or washing machine unless it houses a full load.

4. Using Power Strips

Plug your electronics into power strips. When turning off these electronics, power down using the power strip to prevent stand-by mode from drawing electricity unnecessarily.

5. Power Down Computers and Monitors

Turn off your computer and monitor when they are not being used. Contrary to popular beliefs, turning them on and off will not cause damage. If you are away from your computer at different intervals, make sure you have set the power save options.

6. Drying Dishes

Air dry dishes rather than using the heated drying cycle.

7. Washing in Cold Water

Wash clothes in cold water. This not only reduces hot water usage, but it is better for your clothing as well.

8. Use Compact Fluorescent Lighting

Use compact fluorescent bulbs to light your home. Not only do these bulbs use less energy, but they last longer than traditional bulbs.

9. Take Showers

Take short showers instead of baths. The amount of water used, and heated is significantly less for a shower.

10. Look for the Energy Star Label

Buy products that have the Energy Star label on them. All Energy Star products meet strict guidelines set by the US Department of Energy.


defining me..

The faster I go, the lesser I feel it..
The faster I go, the more still it feels..
But I gotta watch the speed...
Because hard as it might be to go up..

I was thinking that I'm sick of the following things:

--managing a career, aka, making the 'right' moves.
--managing my money, aka, (the alien word) Savings.
--managing relationships, meaning-- keeping the various brackets happy (wife) (parents) (the best friends) (the friends) (the relatives) (the other half) (the facebook friends) (the boss)
--growing up, aka, less of the good stuff (food) and more

Most of all, I'm sick of worrying about being the perfect everything...

We're moving so fast... trying to build the best career, climbing that ladder faster, faster...when we crash, it'll be loud. Deafening. Because we ignored everything else that we were. Everything else that made us one whole person.