Earth Day 2013 Inspires 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.

Using one high-wattage bulb is less expensive than using several low-wattage bulbs.

Earth Day 2013 has as its theme, “The Face of Climate Change.” Of course, it’s more than just one face. As pointed out by the Earth Day Network, that face could belong to a child in New Jersey who lost her home to Sandy, a farmer in Kansas who’s struggling to put food on the table after a drought ruined his crops, or even an animal whose changing environment is negatively affecting its ability to find food and water.

The 43rd annual celebration of Earth Day will be held on April 22, 2013. It will include a wide variety of environmental activities involving an estimated 1 billion 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 fourth 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:

  •     Use natural lighting as often as possible by keeping shades and curtains open during the day. The next time a remodeling project comes along, consider adding skylights.
  •     Using one high-wattage bulb is less expensive than using several low-wattage bulbs.
  •     Put outdoor dusk-to-dawn lights on a timer so that they aren’t left on inadvertently during daylight hours.
  •     Turn lights off when they’re not being used, even if it’s just for a short time. Leaving lights on when not needed uses up more energy than turning them on and off.
  •     Adjust light levels to what is needed. Lights don’t need to be as bright when one is watching TV as they do when one is reading. Higher light settings will use up more energy.
  •     Of all the incandescent light bulbs, long-lasting bulbs are the least energy efficient, so don’t use them.
  •     LED lights use 10 times less energy and last 50 times longer than incandescent lights, so consider adding them for track lighting.

Check out this Power4Patriots video to really learn what it’s like to live off the electrical grid.

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