Every Wednesday, it amazes me to see that my family of three has recycled enough cereal boxes or soda bottles to fill up a garbage pail. I make sure I recycle as much as I can, but I know that I can do more. Today is Earth Day and people around the world are doing more to make the Earth a safer place.
If you don’t have the time to participate in an event today, you probably are already doing something that’s making a difference. If you’re installing the LYNX Touch or Tuxedo Touch for your customers, you’re providing them with a way to save energy and money by automating actions like shutting off a light or turning down the thermostat.
For Earth Day 2013, I blogged about our Connected Home solutions and showcased a variety of how-to videos that you can share with your customers. In addition to these videos, we also have a consumer web site that clearly explain the benefits of a Connected Home.
If you feel like you want to do a little more, making a few simple changes does add up. Here are some easy things that you can do beyond recycling yesterday’s paper. For the full list, check out this website from the EPA.
- Run Your Dishwasher on a Full Load Only: This can prevent 100 pounds of carbon pollution and save you $40 on your water bill.
- Take a Shower: A shower uses much less water than taking a bath. Conserving water conserves energy and reduces carbon pollution.
- Insulate Water Heaters: If you have an older water heater, you can save energy and prevent carbon pollution by wrapping it with an insulating jacket. This saves more than $30 per year on utility bills.
- Plug in to Power Strips: Powering devices while they are in a low power accounts for more than $11 billion in annual US energy costs! Using a power strip for your computer and all peripheral equipment allows you to completely disconnect the power supply, eliminating standby power consumption and reducing carbon pollution.
- Wash Clothes in Cold Water: Hot water heating accounts for about 90% of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes — only 10% goes to electricity used by the washer motor.
Happy Earth Day!