Day 4: Save $$$ energetically!
These are tips from Low Impact Week, which was held in February 2011 but can be done anytime!
When it comes to energy, the first step before building new power plants or adding solar panels is always conservation. Today, we invite you to use less energy and save money.
With simple changes in habits, we reduce our need for energy without causing hardship. Try some of the following:
- Wash your clothes in cold water.
- Hang your clothes up to dry, and avoid the energy-guzzling dryer.
- Turn off any electrical devices not in immediate use.
- If you haven’t done so already, install energy efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs everywhere.
Washing clothes in cold water saves the cost of heating water. With modern soaps, they get just as clean. Clothing that is machine washed but dried on a clothesline uses 1.87 pounds of CO2 per week compared with 6.55 pounds per week for laundry that is machine washed and tumble dried.
It’s also worthwhile to check your existing equipment and appliances for energy-saving efficiency. For example, if you replace ordinary light bulbs with CFL bulbs, they pay for themselves within a year. Buying a smart power strip is a convenient way to turn off all the extra electronic equipment that is often connected to a computer or entertainment center. The “phantom charge” these appliances generate even when not in use is one of the fastest growing areas of electricity use.
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HUGE WIN! Maine just became the 1st state to pass a law requiring divestment from fossil fuels!
Other states should follow suit and ensure their public funds don’t drive the climate crisis.
Divestment goes Maine-stream - Grist
Maine just became the first state in the nation to pass an actual law requiring divestment of public funds from oil, gas, and coal companies.
The City is opening a cooling center today (Wed.) from 1pm to 8 pm located at the Davis Senior Center at 646 A St. Please use the 7th St entrance to the West multipurpose room. The cooling center will remain open through Sat. (daily hours 1 pm to 8 pm). Masks are required.
Tonight's the night! Please register to join (virtually) the next meeting of the Davis Electric Vehicle Association on Wednesday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m. (PDT).
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: DEVA Meeting June 9, . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
Meeting of DEVA Happens every other month on the 2nd Wednesday at 6:00 pm
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Grassroots Coalition Rallied to Keep California a Pro-Solar State - Cool Davis
Hallelujah. A day for celebration! I have a great story to share about how “all of us” won yesterday ...