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  Energy Savings Facts


Every year, 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes.

Help The Cause:  Contact catalogs and junk mailers you no longer wish to receive mail from and ask them to remove you from their mailing list.



A single U.S. resident uses about 12,000 gallons of water every year, 1/3 of which is used to flush the toilet.

Help The Cause:  Install low flush toilets/urinals or waterless urinals in your home and/or business.  Also consider installing low flow faucets and shower heads.  Not only will you be saving water, you will also save money on your utility bill!


Televisions, DVD player, and other electronics, draw power when they're off or not charging anything as long as they're plugged in.  Such "phantom electricity" emits about 12 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere a year

Help The Cause:  Use Smart Strips on electronic devices that require large amounts of power or unplug electronics and appliance after use.


If every Chicago resident replaced one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of more than 20,000 cars.  If every home in the country did the same it would save enough energy to light over 2.5 million homes for an entire year.

Help The Cause:  Replace incandescent or halogen light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or LED bulbs.  They use half the energy of their counterparts and have a much longer life expectancy.



An estimated 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed of each year.  Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W light bulb for up to 6 hours.

Help The Cause:  Instead of purchasing bottled water, use a reusable water bottle.


Avoiding 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate about 500 bounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

Help The Cause:  Carpool, bike, or walk to work and/or activities within a 2 mile radius.


Washing your clothes in cold or warm water instead of using hot water saves 500 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted per year.  Drying your clothes on a clothesline six months out of the year would save another 700 pounds.

Help The Cause:  Use cold water detergents instead of conventional detergents.  They are comparable in price and get your clothes just as clean!



Which Causes more greenhouse gas emissions, rearing cattle or driving cars?

The livestock sector generates 18% more greenhouse gas emissions (measured in CO2 concentration) than transportation.  It is also a major source of land and water degradation.





Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 6,953 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of air pollution, 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space, and 4,077 kilowatt hours of energy.

Help The Cause:  In addition to starting a recycling program, always use double-sided printing and reduce paper consumption by e-mailing letters and office memos instead of printing them.

*An Energy Star-rated washer uses only 20 gallons of water per load, whereas a conventional washer uses 40. For a list of Energy Star appliances go to

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