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Energy is such an important part of daily life that most people take it for granted. Often, energy requires the use of fossil fuels, a non-renewable source, which means it cannot replenish itself. Because there is a finite amount of these fuels, it is important to conserve energy by decreasing its use whenever possible. There are many different ways that people can conserve energy in all areas of their life, particularly when they are at home. Not only does taking action help protect the planet, but it also helps to reduce one's energy bill.

Energy Conservation

Families can begin reducing the amount of energy that they use by adopting new, eco-friendly habits. Instead of leaving items on when not in use, they should be turned off until they are needed again. In addition to shutting off devices, unplugging idle electronic devices can save energy by eliminating "vampire" power usage. Setting a programmable thermostat will regulate the climate control system and reduce excessive consumption of electricity.

Washing clothes with cold water can reduce the amount of energy used by the water heater, and cleaning large loads instead of several smaller ones also cuts down on waste. Lighting is another major source of electricity usage. Opening the curtains during the day lets in the sun's light and makes the use of electric lighting less necessary, while switching to LED or CFL light bulbs will also cut down on electricity usage when lighting is needed.

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Research Pays Dividends

Educating oneself and one's family about the need to conserve energy can help make these efforts easier. To start, one can turn to their local library for a wide range of useful information. Environmental, conservation, and government websites are also valuable sources for information that may be used to educate adults and children alike. In addition, one should also research alternate energy sources that are renewable and eco-friendly.

  • Vector Energy Group Useful Links: Learn how to save energy by clicking on any of the links that are listed on the Vector Energy Group Web page.
  • Energy Action You Can Take: Get guidance on how to be more energy-efficient by clicking on this link to the city of Ann Arbor's site and reading the five steps listed. The page also briefly discusses why it is important to save energy.
  • The Energy Guy: The Energy Guy provides information about energy including links on energy savings, gas mileage, energy efficiency at home, and calculating savings.
  • Housing Definitions and Programs: Click this link to visit the housing page on the Cloverdale, California, website. The page includes a categorized list of links to the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program and about fair housing, conservation, and the housing program.
  • Energy Resources: On this curriculum page for levels 7 and 8, educators will find energy resources.
  • Computer and Science Links: Visit Hector Albizo's Irvington High School page for a list of links to informative computer and education websites.
  • Teacher's Page: Science: This Seven Oaks Elementary Teacher page features five science links on energy, body parts, and science lessons.
  • Science and Social Studies: Fourth-grade students of Maria Kelly may click this page to view links that are about electricity and magnetism, land and water, and the sun, moon, and stars. The page also reviews a four-stage learning cycle.
  • Great Websites for Energy Conservation and Home Improvement: Haltom Middle School students who visit this page will find energy resources.
  • Cool Solutions: Reducing one's energy usage not only helps one live a more eco-friendly life, but it also saves money. Get ideas on how to reduce energy use by reviewing these links on the Cool Davis website.
  • Member Care and Communications Useful Links: This page features a list of useful links to government agencies, school websites, and other sites educators may find of interest.
  • Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Kids: Visit the website for the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association to view a list of resources that are helpful for educating teachers, parents, and kids about environmental issues such as climate change.
  • Electricity Links: Home Improvement and More: Primary school children who visit this page on electricity will find fun and educational links to websites and articles.
  • Electricity Conservation Tips and Home Improvement Resource Links: Get valuable conservation tips for the home by visiting the Greer CPW website. In addition to tips, the page also includes a list of energy conservation resources.
  • Energy Facts: Read about basic energy facts by clicking on this link to the Beyond the Bulb website. The page also includes links to energy-related articles.
  • For the Educator: Educational Home Improvement and Sustainability Resources: Educators who open this link to the AIA Charlotte site will find links to lesson plans, accredited architecture schools in North Carolina, and sustainable design.
  • Kids Corner: Conservation and Home Improvement: On this page, parents and teachers will find environmental and conservation links for elementary- and middle-school children.
  • Energy Conservation and Home Repair Tips for Kids: Teach kids about energy conservation with these tips from the Menasha Utilities website.
  • Energy Tips for Kids: Teaching children to conserve water and energy is important for families who want to save money and protect the environment. On this page, parents will find energy-saving tips and links to environmental topics.
  • Education Program: Click this link to get information about the Park City Utah Environmental Education Program. This page lists what students and teachers can expect in terms of field trips and classroom activities. Visitors to the site will also find out what topics the lessons cover and can click on links to fun sites.
  • Breaking Down the Costs of Foundation Repair: Foundation projects can be pricey, but this is no place to cut corners.
  • Home Repair During the Return of the Polar Vortex: During the cold Chicago winter, furnaces work overtime to keep households warm and comfortable. Click this link to read about King Heating 24/7 repair service and associated heating-related articles.
  • Why You Should Pay More Attention to That Water Leak: Water leaks can cause a number of problems if they are undetected or unrepaired. This article discusses how to find the source of a leak, what the health risks are, and potential damage to the home.
  • Store-Bought Drain Cleaners: Creating the Need for Home Repair? Before using drain opener, click this link to learn the potential dangers of its use. This article also discusses what the alternatives are, such as hiring professionals to clear the clog.
  • Home Improvement and Additional Information for Sellers: People who are selling their homes may click this link to the Windermere Real Estate website for a list of links that are helpful.
  • What Makes Home Repair After Water Damage Expensive: When one has water damage in their home, it can be expensive to repair. To find out why restoration costs can be so high, read this informative article on the USA Home Remodeling site.
  • A Foundation for Your Future: Portland Community College offers a Building Construction Technology program for those seeking a certificate or degree in the construction industry. Links at the bottom direct visitors to new student registration and tuition funding resources.
  • Home Improvement License: Harford Community College has a page devoted to home improvement licensing training. Subjects covered include the job outlook and potential earnings, requirements, and tuition costs.
  • Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA): Go here to read about home improvement spending at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. It includes links to documents, a press release, and a frequently asked questions section.
  • Power Home Remodeling Group Junior Graphic Designer: Hussian College has a job opening posted on their current employment listing page. They provide a link to apply for the job at the bottom.
  • Personal Enrichment: Home Improvement: Visit the Pennsylvania College of Technology for information about their home improvement courses. Available and currently scheduled course information can be found here.
  • Remodeling Hazards: Read about the dangers associated with remodeling in this article by the University of Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County. Links to other subjects, such as insects, food and health, landscaping, and parenting, can be found in the panel at the top of the page.
  • Iowa 4-H: Home Improvement: Home improvement advice is the subject of this page on Iowa State University's Iowa 4-H website. It includes tip sheets along with links to additional resources in the article and the panel to the right.
  • Consumer Advice: Home Improvement Commission: Click this link to read about what to do when hiring a home improvement contractor. It contains links for checking a salesperson's or contractor's license status, information about how to check for complaints against a contractor, and additional homeowner tips.
  • Building Construction Program Overview: Read about Portland Community College's Building Construction Technology, Construction Management, and Design/Build Remodeling degree programs on this page.
  • Should You Get a Home Improvement Membership? Go here to read about home improvement memberships.
  • Home Improvement Registration: People looking to work as a home improvement salesperson in California will find useful information on this Contractors State License Board page.
  • Home Improvement Projects: Visit this page on the city of Englewood, Colorado, website to read about hiring a home improvement contractor. Additional links are provided to information about residential guidelines and permits.
  • Take Sustainability Home With Greening Program: This article pertains to an environmentally friendly home improvement education program for staff and faculty. Discounts on qualified home improvement projects and loans are some of the subjects that it covers.
  • Old Home Renovation: Go here to read an article about renovating old houses. Major points that it addresses include electrical issues, kitchens, and additions to the home.
  • HACC Courses and Program Details: Harrisburg Area Community College has information about their Home and Building Remodeling: Career Associate course on this page. Interested readers will find a guide and other documents in PDF format here.
  • Capitalizing Repairs, Renovations, and Remodeling Expenses: Go here to read about the University of Colorado at Boulder's policy statement regarding renovations. Additional information is available via links at the bottom of the page.
  • Home Improvement Through NRP: The University of Minnesota features information about funding single-family home improvements on their Center of Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) website.
  • What's Hidden in Your Bathroom? Remodeling Job Reveals History: Visit this page to read a University of Cincinnati article about memorial tablets discovered in a bathroom during a remodeling project in Wyoming, Ohio. The tablets bore the names of the people who founded Hebrew Union College.
  • For Homeowners: Home Improvement Programs: People seeking loans for home improvement projects in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will find useful information on this page.
  • A Home Energy Primer: Saving energy in the home is the subject of this article on the University of Buffalo website. It discusses conserving energy when it comes to home lighting, heating, cooling, hot water, and transportation. Renewable energy and solar power are also covered.
  • HUD: Home Improvements: Read about home improvement programs on the Department of Housing and Urban Development website. Links to information about federal loans, community programs, and consumer advice can be found here.
  • Mice Given More Naturalistic Nesting Materials Build Better Nests: Click this link to read about a study concerning nest-building experiments with mice.
  • Faculty/Staff Housing: Home Improvements: Click this Stanford University link to read about policies involving home improvements for on-campus homes.
  • Home Improvement Practices: Get information concerning New Jersey's home improvement contractor regulations on Mercer County's Web page. In the panel to the right, visitors can read about filing complaints, consumer alerts, and other subjects.
  • Texas ADA Home Remodeling/Modifications: Go here to learn about a company that offers disability accommodations as part of their remodeling services.
  • Personal Enrichment: Home Improvement: The University of California at Riverside provides information about home improvement courses at their Extension website. Courses and internship opportunities are listed here.
  • Homebuyer and Homeowner Resources: Information about home improvement lending and foreclosure prevention are the subjects of this Saint Paul, Minnesota, government page. Visitors can also find links to information regarding loans for home rehabilitation projects and emergency home loans.

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