Energy saving measures not only help cut costs, they also decrease emissions from power plants (leading to better outdoor air quality), improve indoor air quality and thermal comfort, and help combat climate change.
What actions can we take?
Use energy-efficient LED light bulbs.
Be aware that Compact Florescent Lamps (CFL) contain minute quantities of mercury and should be handled appropriately. When these bulbs burn out, they should be recycled through CFL-recycling programs or disposed of appropriately with other hazardous wastes.
Use energy-efficient appliances.
When replacing existing appliances, consider Energy Star-rated appliances and check for government rebates or subsidies available for energy-efficient choices.
Use renewable energy (for example, electricity generated on-site by solar panels or wind turbines, or purchased from a ‘green’ utility)
Adjust the thermostat one or two degrees to save energy while keeping the centre comfortable, or use an automatic timer so that you are not heating or cooling the indoors when the centre is not occupied.