As you get ready to travel, don’t forget to take these few easy steps at home before you leave:
- Turn up your thermostat to 85 degrees (unless you’re leaving pets at home, of course). Experts agree that the energy saved from turning your thermostat up in the summer while you’re away is greater than the energy used to cool your house back down after you return.
- Close window blinds and shades to block out the sun’s heat. It’s amazing how much indoor heat simply comes from the heat of the sun though the windows. Most ENERGY STAR-qualified windows reduce the “heat gain” into your home more than typical windows do, without reducing the visible light. You get the light you need without the uncomfortable heat.
- Aside from those one or two lights that you may want to leave on for safety, make sure everything else is turned off—all lights, ceiling fans, the alarm on your radio and other small appliances.
- Perhaps the best thing you can do to save energy this summer is to choose hotels that have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR hotels use at least 35 percent less energy and emit at least 35 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than other hotels—making a stay with them a carbon-saving experience.
- Recycling paper saves trees and uses 70 percent less energy, 60 percent less water and creates 50 percent less pollution than making paper from trees.
- Recycling aluminum uses much less energy than making aluminum from aluminum-ore (bauxite) mined from the earth. Recycling just two aluminum cans saves the same amount of energy it takes to power a personal computer for an eight-hour work day. Recycling even one aluminum can really does make a difference.
- Using a ceramic coffee mug conserves the amount of energy it would take to manufacture 500 paper cups.
Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) provides assessments, training and resources for businesses through their Energy Efficiency Programs.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides information and resources on best practices for your business or industry.