We've put together a list of some New Year's resolutions (that are actually achievable) that'll help you be a clean energy champion this year!
1. Power your home with 100% renewable energy!
One of the simplest yet most significant steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint is choosing to run your home on 100% renewable energy. Without changing anything else about your lifestyle, you'll eliminate nearly all the emissions from your electricity use and support local renewable energy by opting up to EverGreen.
2. Conserve energy during peak hours
The demand for electricity spikes between 4 pm and 9 pm, when most people get home from work and start running their appliances. Avoiding energy-intensive activities like doing laundry or running the dishwasher during peak hours will help you save on your monthly bill and reduce the need for non-renewable energy sources to be utilized to meet electricity demands.
3. Replace all your light bulbs with LEDs
Light-emitting diode lights, more commonly known as LEDs, are the most efficient option when it comes to lighting. LED lights use up to 90% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, plus, they can last up to 25,000 hours compared to the 2,000-hour lifespan of a standard incandescent bulb. To help get you started, our DIY Toolkits, which you can check out at almost all Sonoma or Mendocino County Libraries, contain 4 LED lightbulbs to install in your home for free!
4. Use less hot water at home
A lot of the energy that your home uses goes towards heating water. In fact, for most households, heating water accounts for about 18% of the home’s energy use! Simple steps like lowering your water heater’s temperature, fixing small leaks, washing your clothes in cold water when possible, and installing low-flow faucets and shower heads can help reduce your energy bill.
5. Reduce food waste and compost
The journey that food makes before getting to your table produces a lot more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than we often think about. Production, transportation, and cooking all require the use of energy, giving wasted food quite a large carbon footprint. Also, food waste that’s sent to the landfill releases methane, one of the most potent GHGs. Start a compost bin at home and/or see if your garbage collector provides compost services.
6. Drive less
Did you know that if you drive 10 miles less each week, you can prevent 500 lbs. of CO2 pollution? Leaving your car at homes for two days a week will reduce your carbon footprint by 1,590 lbs. of CO2 every year. Walk, bike, carpool, or use public transportation whenever you can.