Earth-friendly Energy Answers

Part four of a five-part series for Earth Overshoot Day

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  • Switch off and unplug electric appliances when they are not in use. Electronics in “standby” mode use energy to power features like clock displays. According to U.S. Department of Energy, 5 to 10 percent of your residential electricity is sapped by devices that are plugged all the time;
  • Install motion sensor switches that turn on when they sense someone in the room and turn off after a period of inactivity. You can find motion sensors for lighting at most hardware stores;
  • And make sure your house is weatherized so you can cut down on heat transfer, which has the bonus of keeping your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.



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Chad Tudenggongbu

Senior Renewable Energy Campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity #ChooseWild, choose #IntelligibleEnergy #HolisticEnergyManagement #SmartMarket