Green Theatre: Cut Home Energy Use (and Get It on Video!)


The videos have started to roll in for MSN and Treehugger's "Green Theatre" contest, as plenty of people would like to win tickets, travel, lodging and spending money for the July 7 Live Earth concerts. Is your video one of the dozens that have already been submitted through Soapbox on MSN? If not, there's no time to waste: the June 23rd deadline for entering the contest is only nine days away.

If you're not literally taking action in your backyard, you probably are doing your part to fight climate change in your home. After all, increasing your home's energy efficiency not only lowers your carbon footprint, but also saves you money in the long run. Are you looking for some quick and easy actions you can take to save energy and make a prizewinning video? Consider doing the the following:

  • Spend some time online: OK, that uses energy, but if you're visiting the ENERGY STAR@Home interactive tool, you can easily offset that by implementing some of the many suggestions they make. With the new version, you can also see what other families are doing to keep energy usage (and energy bills) low.
  • Find your home's energy hogs: A home energy monitor can help you identify what appliances and devices are using the most energy. And there are plenty of different models from which to choose.
  • Kill the vampires in your home: Many electronic devices draw power in standby mode. Unplugging them, or plugging them in to a power strip that regulates the flow of electricity, will drive a stake through the heart of these energy vampires.
  • Change your bulbs: while this advice comes from every corner these days, it's still important to remember that changing out traditional incandescent light bulbs for CFLs will significantly lower the amount of energy you use for lighting.
Looking for other actions you can take? Check out Treehugger's guides on greening your electricity, electronics, lighting, heating, and more. And when you take these actions, make sure someone's getting it on video... soon!

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