Consumer Energy Awareness Grows - How Are You Plugging In?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Dec 2, 2011 10:13 AM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

The first step in getting people to change the way they consume energy is making them aware that change is afoot. When it comes to lighting technologies, in particular, it seems that consumer awareness is growing.  According to the NY Times post, Americans Waking Up to Light Bulb Changeover,  for the first time, a majority of Americans now know that federal legislation will eliminate “most traditional incandescent lighting by 2014. A new survey conducted by the lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania found that 55 percent of respondents were aware of that fact, up from 36 percent in 2010 and 26 percent in 2009.     Taking it to a more personal level, are you aware of your habits related to energy?  Have you explored ideas as to how you could be more efficient? Conscious awareness is key to sparking the eco awareness in a personal sustainability program.  Following are eco- tips to get you started on being the energy superstar that you are!   

• Replace dead light bulbs with CFLs and watch your energy savings increase.

• Buy a programmable thermostat.  By setting your thermostat on a timer you’ll save energy but still enjoy heating and cooling when you need it most.

• Lower the temperature on your water heater by a few degrees to save gas and/or electricity.

• As old appliances fail, purchase new appliances with the Energy Star rating.

• Reduce unnecessary electrical consumption: unplug seldom used devices (think cell phones and iPods). Only 5% of the power drawn by a cell phone charger is used to charge the phone. The other 95% is wasted when it is left plugged into the wall. 

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Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".