Environmental Tips

How much energy is in your trash?

Recycling just one aluminum can save the amount of energy needed to power a laptop computer for five hours! Before you toss a household item in the trash can, find out if it can be recycled.

A bright idea to save energy

If 100 million people replace one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR certified light bulb, five billion pounds of carbon pollution would be prevented every year, saving consumers $400 million annually

Put an end to energy vampires

If 100 million Americans turned off or unplugged electronics when not in use, 12 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and more than 18 billion pounds of carbon pollution would be prevented, saving

Give your computer a rest!

If 100 million Americans put their computer and monitor to sleep when not in use, three billion kilowatt hours of electricity and more than four billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be

Small adjustments, big savings

If 100 million U.S. homes set their thermostats a few degrees higher in the summer or lower in the winter, consumers would save $16 billion per year on utility bills.

Hands off the dishes

It may be counterintuitive, but washing dishes by hand can actually use more water than putting them in the dishwasher!

Scrape, don’t rinse

Modern dishwashers and detergents are designed to work without pre-rinsing dishes. Scrape your dishes instead of rinsing to save up to 20 gallons of water per load.

Go for the gold during a drought

Dealing with drought? It’s OK to let your lawn go dormant. A golden-brown lawn isn’t necessarily a dead lawn and can rebound when rain returns.

Saving water with a smile

If 100 million Americans turned off the faucet when they were brushing their teeth, 292 billion gallons of water would be saved every year, saving consumers $2.7 billion in water costs annually.

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