Two more tips for Earth Day going green

With 27 days left until the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22) here’s day 2 of the tips to go green in Kentucky, thanks to the Kentucky Earth Day Web page.

  • Use Energy Star qualified lighting in your home. If every household in the United States changed the lighting in one room of their home to ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, our annual energy savings alone would be equivalent to the amount of more than 21 power plants.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. This will help you conserve electricity and reduce your home’s power demands for air conditioning and heating.

Previous tips:

1. Evergreens not only beautify your landscape and create oxygen for the atmosphere; they also help reduce home energy costs. Plant them in a staggered or double line to the northwest of the home. The U.S. Bureau of Statistics reports that a line of evergreens can reduce heat loss and winter fuel bills by 20%.

2. A refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and clothes washer can account for up to 20% of a household’s monthly utility bill. Energy Star qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10-50% less energy than standard models. Spruce up you kitchen and laundry room and use less water and electricity by purchasing an Energy Star qualified appliance.

Have an out-of-the-box tip? An Earth Day event to share? Send them my way ljohnson1@herald-leader.com.