Tips for Saving Energy

Most of the energy we use today comes from coal, oil, and natural gas. They are fossil fuels, and they take millions of years to form. We can’t make more quickly. They are nonrenewable. We need to save energy whenever we can. Here’s the good news: You can help. 

Reduce Waste A good way to save energy is by not wasting things. Do not use paper plates or cups all the time. You only use them once and then throw them away. This is wasteful. Write on both sides of your paper, or use a lunch box and thermos instead of paper bags and box drinks. Buy one big bottle of juice instead of six little ones, or maybe one big bag of chips-not ten little ones. Buy things without a lot of packaging. Some candy has more plastic around it than food in it. What a waste! Reducing waste saves energy. It takes energy to make things and to get rid of them. 

Reuse Things Try to use things more than once. Wash out plastic sandwich bags and use them again. Use the comics from newspapers to wrap presents. Buy toys at yard sales and you can save energy and money, too. Fix old things whenever you can. Give your old clothes and toys to someone who needs them-do not just throw them away. It’s not too difficult to reuse or re-purpose things.  

Recycle You can recycle lots of things-cans, paper, glass, and plastic. It only takes a minute to recycle, and it saves energy! It takes a lot of energy to dig up metal and make a can. It only takes a little energy to make a new can from an old one. And cans can be recycled over and over again. Plastic bottles can be recycled into clothes and rugs. Paper can be recycled into boxes and bags. Do not throw away anything you can recycle, and check with your local government to see if there are any additional rules to follow. 

Save Electricity You use a lot of electricity every day. Use only what you need. Do not turn on two lights if you only need one. Remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room. Turn off the TV and video games too. On a sunny day, read by a window. It’s a simple way to save energy. Keep the refrigerator door closed. Know what you want before you open the door. If you’re pouring a drink, do not leave the door open. It takes a lot of energy to cool things. If the air conditioner is on, keep doors and windows closed. Do not go in and out, in and out. If you can, just use a fan and wear light clothes. 

Save Heat It takes a lot of energy to heat houses and water. If the heat is on, keep doors and windows closed. Wear warm clothes instead of turning up the heat. At night, use blankets to stay warm. 
When you take a bath, use only the water you need. And do not stand in the shower for a long time. Heating water uses energy. 

Save Gasoline It takes a lot of energy to operate a car. Walk or ride your bike wherever you can. If you and some of your friends are going to the same place, go together. This is called carpooling. Take the bus instead of asking for a ride to school. 

You can make a difference! The things you do every day make a difference. If everyone saves just a little energy, it adds up to a lot.