October is National Energy Awareness Month!

Energy Awareness Month was established in 1991 as a national effort to spread awareness of energy issues, show the positive impact of energy efficiency, and underscore the importance of sustainably managing our energy resources.
  
To celebrate Energy Awareness Month, WECC staff shared some of the ways they save energy at home and at work. We’ve compiled these tips and tricks below, and encourage you to incorporate some or all of these into your daily routine!

Lighting:
• Use LED or CFL bulbs in as many fixtures as possible.
• Keep unnecessary lights turned off as much as possible. As a bonus, the right type and timing of lighting can also have mood and health benefits!
• When remodeling or building a home, consider changing out standard light switches for dimmer switches.

Heating and Cooling:
• In the fall/winter, set your home’s temperature to be cooler at night (and also when away from home).
• Keep your garage door closed to block out winter winds.
• Close the doors and vents to any unused rooms to avoid heating or cooling unneeded space.
• Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR® HVAC equipment. A guide to finding certified products can be found here.

Transportation, Shopping, and Public Places:
• Consider driving an electric or eco-friendly vehicle.
• Save energy and get some exercise by walking or biking to work or to run errands.
• Always bring reusable cloth bags to the grocery store. By leaving them in your car between shopping trips, you’ll avoid forgetting them at home!
• Combine errands into one trip whenever possible, cutting down on fuel usage.
• Try to purchase locally-grown food as often as you can to sustain the community in which you live.
• Automatic doors use energy to open for us. When entering or exiting buildings with automatic doors, consider using the manual doors instead.

Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling:
• Keep a small recycling bin in the bathroom for toilet paper rolls or empty shampoo bottles. This prevents people from throwing these items into the trash out of convenience.
• Use empty baby wipe containers to hold small items like crayons or Legos.
• Shoe boxes work well for wrapping holiday or birthday gifts. Even better, use old newspaper as stuffing.
• When hosting parties, use washable dinnerware instead of paper or plastic products.

Stay tuned for additional energy saving tips and information throughout the month. Remember, even small changes can add up to big savings!