We're just about get production underway on our next issue of Country's Best Cabins, which will focus on energy efficiency. By delving into some of the recent habits and trends surrounding the concept of "being green," we discovered that one of the biggest factors in becoming more efficient is not a thing or a label or a process, but a person: you.
A change in the way you look at your consumption habits can do wonders for your utility bills. Simply operating major appliances on alternating schedules can ease the load placed on your systems and decrease your consumption. (My source, an engineer, tried to explain it comparatively to the way an airplane engine operates; I likened it more to trying to carry too much in one load and overburdening yourself in the process, when a few loads, though they will require multiple trips, will be less taxing and easier to manage.)
A recent study also shows that, although most consumers take basic efforts like replacing incandescent bulbs with more efficient ones, turning off appliances when not in use, etc., many have been hesitant to jump full force onto the "green" bandwagon, either through lack of understanding what's available or the impact little things like not running the dishwasher and washing machine may have on their overall energy usage.
In what ways have you tried to reduce your carbon footprint? What has paid off the most?