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Having Fun With ElectricityEnergy Conservation Tips
Below are some energy conservation tips to share with your family:
  • Turn off lights and appliances when you leave a room
  • Replace ordinary incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • Use room air conditioners only when you are at home
  • Use the microwave or toaster oven instead of the big oven whenever possible
  • Turn off the oven right after food is cooked
  • Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun on hot days; open them up in winter to add warmth

Fun Facts
  • If 10,000 schools turned off their lights for one minute they would save $81,885
  • If those same schools turned out their lights every time they went to recess, they would save over $4.9 million dollars
  • Los Angeles is the most polluted city in the country, followed closely by Chicago and Houston
  • Almost 40% of the 50 states are home to cities that have serious, severe, or extreme pollution problems
  • The average home contributes more air pollution than does the average car
  • The average United States family spends close to $1,300 each year in utility bills

Easy Ways to Conserve Water
  • Take 5-minute showers. Get wet, turn of the water, lather up, then rinse off. Save more than 5 to10 gallons of water a day!
  • Catch some of the shower water in a bucket to flush the toilet. If you are waiting for the water to warm up, catch it in a bucket to flush the toilet or water house plants. Save more than 1 to 2 gallons!
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Save 4 to 10 gallons a day!
  • Make it a full load. Only run the washing machine or dishwasher when full. You can save energy too by drying the clothes on a clothes line!
  • Make sure your parents check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small leak can waste 20 gallons a day!
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge. Running water and waiting until it cools down is wasteful.
  • Water plants when it's cooler. Watering in the early morning is best.

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