Declare Your Independence From High Energy Bills


It was 98 degrees in my corner of the world yesterday. That’s extremely hot, even in the arid Western United States.

The dog days of summer often mean people stay inside, crank the air conditioning, and plant themselves on the couch in front of the television or video game console.

During the summer, energy bills are known to double or even triple, cutting into already tight budgets and expanding carbon footprints.

If you think you have to choose between a summer of physical comfort or financial pain, think again: there are lots of easy ways you can increase your home’s efficiency — you just have to pick the right ones. This Fourth of July, it’s time to declare our independence from high energy bills!

Below is a ‘Do This, Not That’ guide to increasing efficiency in almost every aspect of your life, from the car you drive to the way you spend your evenings. You might be surprised to learn how much impact even the simplest changes can make.

Get inspired, or share you own energy saving tips in a comment!

Related Reading:

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Image Credit: Flickr - nilsvik

Infographic Created By WellHome Energy Audits and Insulation

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David A.
David A.4 years ago

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Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago


Charlotte S.
Charlotte S.4 years ago

I recently read an article in the Sunday June 26, 2011 Oregonian about how in the USA cable boxes and DVR's drain electricity nonstop even when they're not in active use. Using more electricity than a new refrigerator and even some central air-conditioning systems. They consume $3 Billion of electricity each year, and we're all paying for that.

Some European countries have similar components that have an automatic sleep mode when not in use that reduce energy use by 95%.

When the USA cable and DVR box makers were asked why the boxes use so much energy the answered "Nobody asked us to use less."

I think it's time for all of us to ask them to Please Use Less!

And maybe there are other manufacturers that need the same message from us as well.

Let's all be the change we want to see!

Bruce S.
Bruce S.4 years ago

Consider it declared!

Britin Jackson
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for the information, good article.

Nance N.
Nance N.4 years ago

Thanks for the article. Good information.

Greenpeace USA
Greenpeace USA4 years ago

great graphic with great info!

Greenpeace USA
Greenpeace USA4 years ago

great graphic with great info!

Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

1. I don't drive. 2. I live on the third floor of a two and a half story building and what little attic there is above me is totally inaccessible. 3. I refuse to get a TV. 4. My refrigerator is extremely tempermental. I try to set it so it will keep on working. 5. The gas heater that came with the apartment stinks. I refuse to use. I make judicious use of a portable electric heater in the winter. I bundle up in winter. and dress scantily in the summer.

Wayne W.
Wayne W.4 years ago

Margaret S, I'm not sure if I have ever seen misinformation as highly concentrated as it is in your post.