Recognizing that the choices we make today will affect future generations, President Barack Obama declared October National Energy Action Month. The goal of this month is to encourage the country to work together to “achieve greater energy security, a more robust economy, and a healthier environment for our children,” according to the president’s proclamation.1
How much electricity does an American home use?
While the White House kicks off a month of clean energy events2, such as the Presidential Performance Contracting Challenge, you can do your part, too. Whether you’re at your home or office, there are many great energy-saving tips you can start putting into practice this month.
Simple things to do at your home every day
- After your cell phone is completely charged, unplug the charger from the wall.
- Set your laptop or computer to sleep mode or unplug it completely if you’re not using it.
- Turn off the lights and the TV when you leave the room.
- Recycle paper, plastic, glass, and cans.
- Don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth.
- Don’t leave the doors to the outside open if you have the heat on.
Long-term things you can do at your home
- Insulate your hot water pipes and heating ducts to prevent loss of heat.
- Seal up any large air leaks (for example, caulk or add film to leaky windows to keep heat from escaping).
- Clean or replace filters in your furnace, air conditioner, and/or heater.
Easy things to do at your office
- If you sit near a window, turn the lights off and let the natural light in.
- Unplug any equipment you aren’t using, like computers, printers, chargers, radios, fans, and coffeemakers.
- Turn off your computer and monitor at the end of your workday.
- Set your computer to go to sleep when you walk away from your desk for more than a few minutes.
- Only photocopy and print what you need to help save paper.
- Carpool, walk, or bike to work.
- Use a coffee mug and reusable water bottles instead of disposable containers.
By making these small changes now, you can be changing your routine for the entire year and making a huge difference for future generations.
You can read more about how Green Mountain Energy encourages customers to save energy in the Energy Saver Center.
For more energy saving tips and to read more about National Energy Action Month, check out energy.gov.
- “Presidential Proclamation — National Energy Action Month,” The White House press release, September 29, 2015.
- “Energy Action Month,” Energy.gov, 2015.