Dear Amy: What can my family do to conserve energy? —
Padma S., Trenton, New Jersey
Dear Padma: There are many ways you and your family can conserve energy at home. Did you know that taking a short shower will use much less water than a bath? A bath can use an average of 15-30 gallons of water.
Shutting off lights, TVs and other electronic devices when you leave a room is another good habit. Also, heavy curtains can help block cold air from windows on cold winter evenings. If you keep the curtains open during the day, the sun can provide heat to help you stay warm.
You can also encourage your parents to save energy in different ways around the house. For instance, they can adjust the thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and lower in the winter. The water heater uses energy as well; households can save energy by washing clothes in cold water. Energy-efficient lightbulbs can last up to five years and use far less energy than traditional bulbs.
Check out Energy Saver, tinyurl.com/hwzjrzz, for more ideas to begin saving energy in your home today!
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