GEE strives to recognize energy saving and conservation all year round, but October is when we shine. Why? Because it’s National Energy Awareness Month! According to the Alliance to Save Energy, on September 1991, President George Bush declared October as National Energy Awareness Month to encourage government and organizations to raise awareness of the importance of managing the nation’s energy resources using sustainable methods.
So, to increase your energy awareness, we pulled the 10 best tips from our blog, which will always be up-to-date to make you aware of energy conservation throughout the year!
1. Print Double-sided, and recycle that paper (20 Ways to Go Green)
The environmental impact of producing 10 million pages of paper is:
- 2,500 trees
- 56,000 gallons of oil
- 450 cubic yards of landfill space
- 595,000 KW (kilowatts) of energy
2. Keep your roof a light color (10 Ways to Reduce Your Cooling Costs This Summer—and Still Stay Cool)
Think your roof color doesn’t matter? Think again. Just like a black shirt or black car will get hot, a dark roof will bake the rooms right under it. Dark roofs can reach temperatures of 150°F or more in the summer sun. A cool roof, painted a light color or made of reflective material, under the same conditions could stay more than 50°F cooler.
3. Install LED Lights (New Year, New Energy Tips—Part One)
Though LED lights can be expensive to install than standard CFL bulbs, they will save you a lot of money over time. LED lights have a longer life span, consume less energy, and have better lighting and dimming qualities.
4. Update Heating and Cooling (12 Energy Saving Tips for Schools & Universities)
Upgrade any outdated HVAC systems and ensure that maintenance departments frequently clean all condenser coils and furnace filters for peak efficiency
5. Coordinate Sustainability Efforts with Your Landlord/Property Manager (5 Ways Your Small Business Can Manage Its Energy Costs)
As a small business owner, you’re likely leasing your office space, which means you may not be the decision-maker when it comes to property sustainability. But it’s not entirely out of your control. Let your landlord know that keeping your energy costs down is important, and create a plan to improve output. This can be done in ways like updating the HVAC system and windows or upgrading to Energy Star appliances—solutions that benefit both businesses and the environment.
6. Wash table linens in cold water (9 Ways to Become a More Energy Efficient Restaurant)
Almost 90% of energy consumed by a washing machine is used to heat the water.
7. Drink from A Reusable Water Bottle (5 Ways to Be Eco-Friendly This Summer)
Staying cool in the summer means drinking a lot of water, and in a crunch, we reach toward the most widely-available option: plastic bottles. But plastic bottles take more than 450 years to decompose, so it’s not the best choice for our planet. Luckily, reusable eco-friendly water bottles are a growing business, which means many more consumer options. BPA free, lead free, phthalate free, PVC free, microwave safe, freezer safe, dishwasher safe, bamboo, stainless steel, aluminum, silicon sleeve, infuser included, hidden compartment attached—the list of features goes on and can fit into any lifestyle.
8. Choose your energy partner wisely (Want to Increase Profits, Save Time, and Minimize Risks? Make the Energy Market Your Friend)
Work with someone who has a broad range of competencies. Purchasing energy at the lowest price today may not be the best long-term plan for your future. Find a partner that is proactive and brings knowledge to your team.
9. Support Local Clean-Up (It’s Not Easy Being Green: Confessions of a Green Energy Company)
Corporate Social Responsibility is a big aspect of GEE’s brand, so in the past, we’ve participated in clean-ups with The National Wildlife Reservation and Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Our CEO is also a Brand Ambassador for 4Ocean. Community clean-ups are fun, a great way to bond with each other and the community, and help keep the earth green.
10. Clean Out Your Fridge (New Year, New Energy Tips—Part Two)
The average refrigerator consumes about 14% of its household’s total energy. Cleaning out old and unneeded food from your refrigerator as well as any dirt lining the coils will allow the air to circulate easier. To further reduce costs, don’t keep the door open too long, and remove it from direct sunlight or heat sources.