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Fast Facts - More Power, Less CO2

According to ENERGY STAR, if all UPSs sold in the U.S. in 2012 met ENERGY STAR requirements, the energy cost savings could have grown to $471 million & have prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions from more than 636,000 vehicles.

preserve the environment for future generations by reducing CO2

Lessen your impact on the environment by monitoring and reducing CO2 emissions by making small changes at home and at work. Here's how you can make a difference:

Help preserve our environment

  • Turn down the heat at night before you go to bed.
  • Use a microwave for most of your cooking needs: cooking and reheating with a microwave is faster and more efficient than using the stove top or oven, reducing your energy use by up to 70 percent.
  • Use a toaster oven for small jobs; it will use a third to half as much energy as a full-size oven.
  • Clean refrigerator gaskets and vacuum the condenser coils twice a year. Your refrigerator will operate more efficiently and use less electricity.
  • Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket if it is located in an unheated space such as a basement or garage.
  • Switch to fluorescent bulbs in areas where extended lighting is required. Though the initial price is higher than for incandescent bulbs, fluorescent lights produce four times as much light per watt, last up to ten times as long and therefore cost one-third as much to operate.
  • Arrange furniture to take advantage of natural light from windows. Place desks and reading chairs next to windows to cut down on the need and use of supplemental, artificial light during the day.
  • Use a clothes line rather than a dryer.
  • Use public transit or walk, if you drive, carpool and go smoothly with the flow of traffic.
  • Use GREEN POWER for your electricity: Ask your electricity supplier to source the energy you use from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro-power.

Did You Know

Did you know that you can save up to 300% in energy consumption, by replacing an incandescent lamp with a compact fluorescent lamp. Today there is a wide variety of compact fluorescent lamps in all shapes and sizes to match your old incandescent lamps. There are also warm white and cool white lamps, giving you many options to suit your home or office.

Did you know that you can save up to 30% in energy consumption, by replacing existing 40W T12 lamps with 32W or 28W T8 fluorescent lamps? Fluorescent lighting is more energy efficient and can save you money.

Did you know that you can save money and energy with HID (high intensity discharge) lamps? 400W traditional lamps can be changed to 360W, and 250W traditional lamps can be replaced with 220W lamps without changing the ballast in the light fixture. Also, you get the same amount of light with the lower wattage lamps as you would from the traditional lamps.

Did you know new HID ballasts, along with energy saving HID lamps, can save you up to 30% in energy consumption and still give you the same light that traditional lamps and ballasts give you?

Did you know that you can save up to 30% in energy consumption, by retrofitting your existing fluorescent light fixtures? With the advent of T8 electronic ballasts, along with lower wattage T8 lamps, you can be economical, while preserving the environment.

Did you know electronic dimmers are a simple yet great way to reduce your energy consumption and save you money? By installing dimmers and lowering your light to adequate levels, you can reduce your energy costs.

Did you know wall timers are a great way to make sure that your lights are not on longer than they need to be? One of the biggest causes of unnecessary power consumption is forgetting to turn off lights when they don't need to be on. Timers will turn off your lights and other devices when you forget to.

Did you know that you can save up to 50% in energy costs, by using time clocks to control outdoor lighting, exhaust fans, etc? Time clocks help to ensure that lights and other devices are operating only when they need to be.

Did you know that you can reduce your energy consumption up to 50% by using occupancy sensors? Ceiling mounted occupancy sensors are an excellent way to have your business or home lights turn off automatically when there is no one in the room. Occupancy sensor can also replace a standard wall switch, then automatically turn off lights after the room is unoccupied for 5-15-30 minutes.

Did you know that you can easily reduce your energy consumption up to 50%, by using daylight sensors? Daylight sensors work really well in a room that is lit with natural light, automatically keeping your lights off when you don’t need them.

Did you know that photocells are generally used for keeping your outdoor lights off when there is adequate daylight? One of the advantages of using photocells is that they work well with constantly changing daylight hours ensuring that your outdoor lights only come on when it begins to get dark. Combining photocells with timers is the best way to save energy when you don't need your outdoor lights to be on all night.

Did you know that you can easily save up to 30% in your energy consumption, by using a programmable thermostat? Programmable thermostats are one of the easiest and best ways to control your heating and air conditioning, by making sure that your home or place of business is not heating or cooling too much during off-hours, or when no one is home during the day.

Green News - 40-watt equivalent A19 LED lamp

November 21 2011, Toshiba International Corporation unveiled its 40-watt equivalent A19 LED lamp which boasts a more traditional light bulb shape – a feature that research shows is important to lighting designers, specifiers and consumers. The lamp is also dimmable and comes in 2700K and 4000K colour temperatures. According to the company, the bulb lasts up to 40 times longer than incandescent lamps and reduces energy use by more than 75 percent, while featuring a 450-lumen output.

Preserving the environment

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