On the Radio: Using vacation time to save energy

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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment offers a number of suggestions on how to conserve energy while on vacation.

 Holiday vacations are a great time to start new energy saving practices.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

It is not enough to just turn off your appliances when you go out of town. Electronics such as televisions, computers, phone chargers and kitchen appliances can continue consuming energy when not in use.

Believe it or not, 75 percent of the electricity used by some consumer electronics is wasted when they are turned off.

By attaching these appliances to power strips you can easily reduce their electrical use while also reducing your energy bill.

Additionally, in most homes it’s the refrigerator that consumes more energy than any other appliance. Homeowners can reduce the energy wasted by their refrigerator during vacations by giving perishable food to neighbors and changing the refrigerator to its lowest setting possible.

For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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