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Easy Ways to Conserve

Being energy conservative doesn’t have to be hard. The following are a few simple and practical ways to save throughout the week.

Did you know that many email accounts can be accessed even when not online?  You can set yours up to allow message checking without the internet. To see if your email can work while your connection isn’t, open your account and then click on the “Settings” tab. Look for an “Offline” selection. Click on this and follow prompts to begin an install to add a work offline option.

This feature is best on your own personal computer and is not recommended for shared or public ones because it will store your files, which can be deleted later, on the particular computer that it was installed on. Also, keep in mind that certain features may not be available, like sending messages and your page may display differently, but will be back to normal once you have a live connection. You can switch between checking messages either on or offline, and if you are guilty of checking countess times a day it may be a good idea to try.

Doing things online can also be energy saving, though. Think of webinars, telecommuting and even online books and magazines, which are all a substantial way to save paper and power resources. By reading your favorite publications via web, you are actually contributing to tree conservation. One ton of quality magazine paper takes over 15 trees to produce (conservatree.org). So, thank you for reading and saving a tree!

Another active thing to do that doesn’t require much effort is to incorporate a home, office or school wide recycling day. Have it on the same day each week so that everyone will be more likely to remember to toss out things like unneeded papers and plastics. By recycling on a regular basis, less energy is needed to manufacture entirely new products. Not to mention, your space will be neater.

If you are a seeing is believing type, keep track of energy use with engaging and resourceful gadgets like Oregon Scientific’s wireless appliance manager  which looks at the energy consumed by each outlet to let you know which ones are guilty of using too much power, or a Kill-a-Watt which observes your carbon footprint over the time period of your choice.

Being aware of your usage will likely lead to energy smart behaviors, and often doesn’t take that much effort.

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