(BPT) - From its golden coasts to beautiful national parks, spring is definitely California’s color. Over the next few months, it’s important that Californians spring into action against climate change and that starts with saving energy at home. Saving energy helps conserve natural resources, protects ecosystems and wildlife and also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
To kick off the season, Energy Upgrade California is inspiring and empowering Californians to join the fight against climate change to Keep it Golden. When we work together to save energy and the environment, we may also save money too. Here are a few simple actions you can do today:
- Join the Movement – Join a community of Californians who are working together to save energy, money and the environment. When you sign up for the movement you will meet Goldie, a text companion who will send you fun weekly energy-saving challenges to complete alongside other Californians.
- Leave Space to Vent – Check to make sure that furniture isn’t blocking your vents, which wastes energy and may even pose a fire hazard.
- Power to the Strip – Consider identifying areas in your house where you can use a power strip. Hint: look for places where you have multiple electronics plugged in! Using a power strip will help you reduce phantom loads as you can turn off multiple devices with the simple flip of a switch.
- Adjust Your Water Heater – Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home, so employing energy-saving strategies and choosing an energy-efficient water heater can help save you money. To save energy, turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Saving energy doesn’t have to be hard. Visit www.keepitgolden.org to join the Keep it Golden movement and learn simple tips to help you take action and protect California.