How much Energy can you do without?
The average American wastes energy on a massive scale every day. Since the 1950’s energy consumption has outdone energy production. More specifically, since the 1950’s electricity use has more than doubled.
Many of us continue wasting energy even after we are aware of the
problem. We leave lights on when no one is home, keep our electrical devices
plugged in when we are not using them, and leave the water running while we
brush our teeth. We dribble away billions of dollars a year on wasted
While living in college dorms
it can be easy to forget about electricity use; no one is around to tell you to
turn off the lights and you don’t pay the electricity bill directly out of
pocket. You may be less motivated to monitor your electricity use since you’re not
paying the bills, but think about the environmental benefits instead.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA,
"If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb:
We would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year,
more than $600 million in annual energy costs,
and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars”.
Attached is the "Turn it off Tuesday" poster, information that can be re-printed for use on the tri-fold display, the daily handout (try to go two on a page, double-sided!), and light switch covers to remind people to turn off their lights.