As environmental activist Wendy Abrams lamented in last Thursday’s post, “There exists a sense of helplessness and skepticism that individual efforts to address climate change could really have an impact.”
In truth, every mainstream and organic consumer can take simple, inexpensive steps to save energy—and money.
Monica Teague, a spokesperson for Whirlpool Corp., offers the following household tips:
- Start by checking your appliances for Energy Star ratings to ensure you are running efficient models.
- Dry a few loads of laundry in succession to take advantage of leftover heat in the dryer.
- Take a look around your house, and plant trees and shrubs to act as a sunshade and windbreak.
- Check the seals around windows and doors for leaks. Plug them to ensure proper insulation.
Photo courtesy of Whirlpool Corp.