Learn more about saving
energy at www.saveaton.org.
Roanoke County and the City of Roanoke have both set annual goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions that, when combined, equal approximately 100,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide. Given there are about 100,000 households in the Roanoke Valley, and the average household carbon emissions equals about 20 tons annually, that equates to about one ton per household per year.
That's it, just a ton per household and if we factor in all of our local businesses it is even a lot better and easier to meet the goal. So, save a ton...of greenhouse gas emissions...of energy...of air pollution...and a ton of money on your utility bills as well.
Check out the Save-A-Ton website
for more information, or see some ways below to start saving a ton.
Cut auto use by walking...biking...carpooling...combining trips. Oh, and maybe lose a few extra pounds and get healthier in the process.
Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Turn off computers and other electronics when done. Air drying clothing outdoors (it smells good!) or on racks indoors. Kill the electronics vampires in your house by switching off power strips so that electronics are truly off and not on standby, sucking power 24/7.
Hire a professional to do a home energy audit. Seal attic bypasses. Seal leaky heating ducts in attics and crawlspaces. Caulk gaps at window and door trim. Weatherstrip loose doors and windows. Add insulation where levels are low or non-existent. Why waste heat and air conditioning?
When buying a vehicle, look for better mileage. Compact and mid-sized gas-electric hybrids can now average better than 50 miles per gallon! Keep tires inflated to maximum recommended limits. Change oil and tune your car at recommended intervals. Plan your trips and reduce miles traveled.
Get rid of old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs. Energy Star compact fluorescents (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use 25% the energy or less for the same amount of light. A 60-watt equivalent CFL saves over $40 on electricity bills and costs less than $2. Ten will save a ton of greenhouse gases!
If you can afford it, consider installing photovoltaic electrical system, a small wind, solar hot water, or a geothermal heat pump. The fuel is clean, inexhaustible and will pay for itself in the long run.