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SAVING ENERGY

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The burning of coal generates over half of our electricity, and is the single biggest air polluter in the U.S. There are over 600 dirty coal plants in the country. In a typical year, just one average-sized coal plant emits:

Green Tips on Energy

  • Traditional incandescent bulbs waste 90% of the energy they use. Replace your ordinary lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs. This will lower your energy use and save you money.

  • When it comes time to replace a large appliance like a refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner, washer/dryer, or water heater, look for Energy Star label products. They may cost a bit more initially, but the energy savings will pay back the extra investment in just a couple of years.

  • Replace your old dial thermostat with a programmable clock one. Check to see if your water heater has an insulating blanket. Installing one will pay for itself in one year.

  • Schedule a home energy audit. Many utilities offer them for free and the expert advice can result in big energy savings.

  • Choose renewable energy like wind and solar for your home or business. In many states, you can now choose your electricity provider, just like you select your long-distance phone company, other states offer options to select green energy for all or a portion of the energy you use. For more information on Green-e options in your state.

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