Using energy wisely also means being energy efficient. We use energy every day at home, school, work, and even when we're playing. By reducing our energy use, we are helping to conserve the world's resources - like natural gas, oil, and water - and saving money on our utility bills. Best of all, by using energy wisely we can cut down on pollutants in the air and water, making a better environment for everyone.
Think about what would happen if there wasn't enough energy! There would be no light to turn on when it got dark, there would not be any hot water for the shower, or heat for your house in the winter, no gas or oil to drive the car, so there are lots of reasons we should reduce our energy use.
Here are a few things you can do to start saving more energy:
- The lights and television use electrical energy, so when you leave the room, shut them off.
- During the day, when it is bright outside, open the curtains and use the sunlight instead of turning on the lights.
- Don't leave windows, or outside doors open when the heat or air conditioning is on. This makes the furnace and AC work harder to heat and cool the house.
- When it's sunny out, hang clothes outside to dry instead of using the dryer.
- Don't leave the water dripping in the faucet.
- Turn off the dishwasher right before the drying cycle and let the dishes air dry.
- Don't stand with the refrigerator door open. Decide what you want before you open the door.
- Instead of cooking, consider having a sandwich night once a week to save gas or electricity.
- Plant trees and shrubs to provide summer shade for your home and yard. Deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the winter) are best to block the sun in the summer. They also let the sun shine through in the winter helping to warm your house.