Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Part 7 in this series of 96 Ways to Go Green looks at the many ways to save energy at home, which help to lighten your impact on the planet. Scroll down for Parts 1 through 6 in this series.
57. Turn off the lights when you leave a room and open the curtains to let in natural light so you don’t have to turn on the lights in the first place.
58. Get an energy assessment of your home by contacting MassSave. Learning about your energy consumption and the opportunities you have to reduce energy use will help you save money and protect the environment.
59. Know where your electricity comes from and choose the green option if available.
60. Turn the heat down and put on a sweater or pile on blankets.
61. Have your home’s heating ducts inspected and cleaned. Seal air leaks with caulk.
62. Dry your clothes outside on a clothesline when weather permits.
63. Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load to reduce energy in the next load.
64. Make sure your home is well-insulated and use rugs to help insulate your floors.
65. Install weather stripping around doors and windows and seal leaks with caulk.
66. Keep your thermostat around 68 in the winter and 78 in the summer.
67. Avoid excessively changing your thermostat settings.
68. If your thermostat has a timer, set it to turn down when you are gone during the day, and at night when you’re sleeping.
69. When you go on vacation or leave for an extended period of time, turn your thermostat down, turn your lights off, and unplug all electronic devices.
70. Use solar power. With a rebate from Commonwealth Solar, it’s more affordable than you think!
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