Earth Day 2013 Sparks Power4Patriots to Offer More Energy-Saving Tips

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Earth Day 2013 will be celebrated on April 22, 2013. Power4Patriots, which offers environmentally-friendly ways to cut energy costs, is joining the celebration by recommending a series of energy-saving activities over the next several weeks.

Utilize a rinse cycle that uses only cold water. It will save money and energy because no hot water will need to be generated.

Earth Day 2013 is coordinated by the non-profit Earth Day Network. This organization is chaired by the first Earth Day (1970) organizer, Denis Hayes, who says that Earth Day is now “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.”

The 43rd annual celebration of Earth Day will be held on April 22, 2013. With a global theme of “The Face of Climate Change,” Earth Day 2013 will include a wide variety of environmental activities involving millions of people in hundreds of countries. Power4Patriots, which suggests that homeowners get off the electrical grid and generate their own solar and wind power, offers the third set of an ongoing series of energy-saving tips below.

Extreme weather is the single greatest cause of power outages, according to Power4Patriots, leaving countless millions of Americans in the dark both short term and long term. The best way to keep the lights and heat on is by becoming independent of the vulnerable U.S. power grid, says the company, which recommends that people learn how to generate their own electricity through solar panels and wind turbines.

The Power4Patriots system is an environmentally friendly way to cut energy costs by as much as 75 percent while making a home, cabin or RV self-sufficient. The system is a collection of videos and manuals describing how to build solar panels, wind turbines, water heaters and solar heaters.

It includes six videos demonstrating how to build a solar panel, including choosing the right materials, finding the right site for the system and avoiding costly mistakes; 10 Frequently Asked Questions videos; and two instruction manuals with step-by-step, illustrated directions. It also includes four videos and two instruction manuals detailing how to build a wind turbine.

As Earth Day 2013 approaches, below are more energy-saving tips from Power4Patriots:

  •     If the washing machine allows for controlling water levels, adjust it according to the load size. Using less water for smaller loads saves energy.
  •     Run full loads only. Running partial loads uses the same amount of energy as a larger load, but gets less done. Running full loads allows for washing fewer times.
  •     Wash clothes in either cold or warm water, which makes the hot water heater do less work and saves on energy.
  •     Utilize a rinse cycle that uses only cold water. It will save money and energy because no hot water will need to be generated.
  •     If possible, place the washing machine close to the water heater. Less heat will be lost as the water travels from the water heater to the washer.
  •     Next time a new dryer is needed, purchase one with an electronic sensor that shuts off the dryer when clothes are dry.
  •     Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load. A clean filter allows the dryer to work more efficiently.

Check out this Power4Patriots blog to learn how to keep some food items cold without using much electricity.

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