Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Welcome to Part 3 of this series of tips for living "greener." Next up: tips for electronics and appliances. (For Parts 1 and 2, scroll down!)
22. Buy energy-saving light bulbs – compact fluorescents, or the new LED lamps being introduced in Home Depot and other outlets. They cost more, but last longer AND use less energy, so you save every time you turn them on.
23. Use power strips and turn them off when electronics, especially things that glow, are not in use. Many electronic devices leach power, even if they are not turned on.
24. Use a laptop computer. They use less energy than desktops.
25. Set your computer to hibernate or sleep mode after 15-30 minutes of no use. Don’t use a screen saver.
26. Unplug appliances you don’t use very often, like crock pots and blenders.
27. Use electronics as long as possible. When you are ready to dispose of them, recycle or donate instead of throwing in the trash.
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