Energy Makes an Impact
Unless you purchase renewable power from your electricity provider, your energy likely comes from the regional electricity grid, which is primarily generated through the combustion of fossil fuels that emit significant greenhouse emissions and cause detrimental public health impacts. Making small changes to conserve energy, buying verified renewable energy, and investing in energy-efficient products are effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
What can you do?
At home, here are some general tips for reducing energy consumption:
- Do only full loads of laundry and use cold water
- Program your thermostat on a timer and change settings as seasons change (68 degrees Fahrenheit in cooler months and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in warmer months)
Purchase energy- efficient products that are either EPEAT registered or ENERGY STAR certified to reduce energy consumed by everyday appliances and electronics.
- Turn off lights and electronics when not in use
- Use and switch off power strips, which cuts power to products like chargers, televisions, and small appliances to prevent phantom energy consumption (energy used by electronics when turned off but still plugged in)
- Install LED lightbulbs, which are more energy-efficient and last longer than traditional bulbs
- Use natural sunlight during the day instead of lamps and overhead lighting
Choose renewable energy suppliers using BGE’s energy supply options to better control emissions produced from powering your home
- If financially able, consider renewable energy systems to power your home
- Complete a BGE in-home energy audit to identify areas in your home that are not energy-efficient and receive some simple energy-saving items at no additional cost (if renting, be sure to ask your landlord for permission)
Sign-up for community solar to purchase verified clean power and receive electricity discounts
Read about how Hopkins is reducing its overall environmental impact through our green energy initiatives and commitments!