12 Ways to be an Energy Star

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12 Ways to be an Energy Star

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Friday, July 23, 2010 - 2:50pm


Awareness is the tool used to help discover the personal patterns of behavior that offer low hanging fruit for a sustainable lifestyle.  And, a primary aspect of pursuing a sustainable lifestyle is the recognition that every action is part of a larger whole and even the smallest change can make a difference.   Each of us has a role to play. 

For instance, are you aware of your habits related to energy?  Consider how and when you consume the most energy in your day?  How could you be more efficient? What inspiring eco actions could you take?  Conscious awareness is key to sparking the eco awareness in a personal sustainability program and following are tips to get you started on being the energy star 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.

  • Utilize power strips for commonly used devices.  Choices include Watt stopper and Bits limited.

  • Click here for more tips.


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".




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