Earth Day 2013 Energy-Saving Tips from Power4Patriots

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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.

As much as possible, use small appliances such as toaster ovens and slow cookers rather than large ones such as ranges. Small appliances use less energy.

The genesis of Earth Day is generally credited to Gaylord Nelson, a former Wisconsin senator, environmentalist, conservationist and activist. He was inspired to launch what was originally an environmental teach-in after witnessing the effects of the Santa Barbara, California, oil spill in 1969.

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 second set in 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:

  •     Set the refrigerator temperature to between 36 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer to between -5 and +6 degrees.
  •     Clean the refrigerator and freezer units once or twice a year, including removing dust from condenser coils, fins, evaporator pans and motors. The units will run more efficiently if they’re clean.
  •     Purchase Energy Star models of refrigerators and freezers. They’ll use less energy than older models.
  •     As much as possible, use small appliances such as toaster ovens and slow cookers rather than large ones such as ranges. Small appliances use less energy.
  •     Use a microwave oven rather than a range when possible, as it will shorten the cooking time, which saves energy.
  •     Clean or regularly replace air filters, including ones used for furnaces, exhaust hoods, humidifiers and vacuums.
  •     When operating the garbage disposal, use cold water, which solidifies grease and moves it more easily through the disposal and pipes. Hot water requires energy to warm it.

Check out this Power4Patriots blog to learn how vulnerable the U.S. electrical grid is.

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