Which new energysaving actions would you like to try this month?
Stop Junk Mail: The average household gets about 1.5 trees in junk mail a year. By removing yourself from the Direct Marketing Association's list, you can cut the hassle and environmental cost of junk mail from your life.Remove your name from junk mail listsFind Out More: The Federal Trade Commission page here will show you where to go to stop unwanted mail or phone calls here: About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by stopping junk mail?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 4,091 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by removing your name from junk mail lists, let’s assume an average of 41 pounds of junkmail are sent to every adult citizen each year. Let’s also assume that it takes 28 million BTUs to produce one ton of paper and that all the junk mail is paper.


Have a meatfree day once a week: According to CliamtePath, "One person converting to a vegetarian diet would decrease their carbon footprint by about 1.5 tons per year, but don't worry , it's not an all or nothing proposition. Reducing meat consumption by just 20 percent (a day and a half per week without meat) would be the equivalent of switching from a pretty good sized standard sedan to a hybrid. It's also good for your health!"Have a vegetarian day once a week instead of eating meatFind Out More: Check out the Environmental Working Group's guide to climate and health for meat eaters: About the Numbers: How much energy could you save going meat free once day a week?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 798 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by going meat free once a week, let’s assume you reduce your carbon footprint by about 1.5 tons per year if you become a vegetarian.


Bike or walk: Reducing the amount of time you drive is one of the best ways to reduce your energy use, and biking or walking can help keep you healthy too. The United States imports about nine million barrels of oil every day. In Oregon, most of the CO_{2} produced comes from oil use in car and truck transportation. Bike or walk instead of drivingFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save if you take charge by biking or walking instead of driving?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 12,000 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by walking or biking instead of driving, let’s assume you bike or walk twice per week for 5 miles each trip, for a total of 10 miles per week and 40 miles per month. Let’s also assume that your car gets 22 miles per gallon (mpg). (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you how many mpg your car actually gets to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Reusable Bags: Over one million plastic bags are consumed worldwide every single minute, and each one of those bags can take up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill. Reusable cloth bags make a great substitute, and they carry heavy loads a lot better than disposable bags. Bring your own cloth bag instead of using plastic or paperFind Out More: Benefits of using a reusable bag About the Numbers:
How much energy could you save by using cloth bags instead of plastic or paper?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 1,360 metric tons of CO_{2} , which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by using a reusable bag, let’s assume you use about 27 bags per month. The energy savings for paper and plastic bags is quite different, so we’ll calculate the energy savings for each. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you if you usually use plastic or paper bags, or a combination of both kinds of bags, to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.) Calculating Energy in Plastic Bags
Calculating Energy in Paper Bags


Reduce Shower Time: Showers use a lot of hot water, and thus a lot of energy. If you have an electric water heater, every five minutes you cut from your shower will save about 2 kilowatt hours of electricity use. Reduce the length of your showerFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by reducing your shower time by 5 minutes?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 4,650 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: The energy savings for electric and gas water heaters are different, so we’ll calculate the energy savings for each. To estimate how much energy you could save by reducing your shower time by 5 minutes, let’s assume that you are using a standard shower head, which uses 2.5 gallons per minute, so when you reduce your shower time by five minutes, you save 12 gallons of water (2.5 gallons per minute x 5 minute reduction in shower time = 12 gallons saved per shower). Let’s also assume that you reduce your shower time twice a week all month, for a total of 96 gallons of water saved per month (12 gallons per shower x 8 shorter showers per month = 96 gallons of water saved). Finally, let’s assume that when the water comes into your house from the municipal system, it is about 55^{o}F and that you have your water heater set at 120^{o}F, which means you heat the water 65^{o}F before it comes out of your tap (120^{o}F  55^{o}F = 65^{o}F). (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you what type of water heater you have so we can give you a better estimate of your energy savings.) Energy Savings for Electric Water Heaters
Energy Savings for Gas Water Heaters


Take the Bus: The Corvallis bus system is FREE, and it a great way to travel around town without having to worry about parking. Taking a bus between cities is one of the most energyefficient ways to travel. Take the bus instead of drivingFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by taking the bus instead of driving?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 21,000 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by taking the bus instead of driving, let’s assume your car gets 22 mpg and you take the bus twice per week for one month for a total of 8 bus trips. Let’s also assume that each bus trip is 10 miles. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you how many mpg your car actually gets and how many miles you traveled by bus to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Stop Idling: An idling car isn’t going anywhere, but it still burns gas. Idling can use a quarter to a halfgallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use. It only takes a few seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle, so turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked. Turn off your car instead of letting it idleFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by turning off your engine instead of idling?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 15,000 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that. To estimate how much energy you could save by turning off your engine instead of idling, let’s assume you use a halfgallon of gas for every hour your car idles. Let’s also assume that you stop idling for 10 minutes a day. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you to estimate how many minutes you stopped idling your car to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Use Reusable Mug: Using a reusable mug instead of a singleuse paper coffee cup can save up to 98% of the energy, 99% of the water pollution, and 86% of the solid waste disposable cups make. Many Corvallis coffee shops offer a 10 to 25 cent discount when you bring in your own mug. Check out the list under 'Find out More' to see what discounts are offered where. Use a reusable mug instead of a disposable cupFind Out More: Discounts for Reusable Mugs In Corvallis
On Campus Discounts for Reusable Mugs
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by using a reusable coffee mug?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 360 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by using a reusable coffee mug, let’s assume you use a reusable mug twice per week, for a total of 8 times in a month. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you to estimate how many times you used a reusable mug to better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Use Reusable Water Bottle: Use a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated on the go instead of buying bottle after bottle of expensive water. Drinking tap water from a reusable water bottle uses 85% less energy and produces 79% less greenhouse gases, even after taking into account dishwashing. Use a reusable water bottle instead of a disposable bottleFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by using a refillable water bottle?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 3,600 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by using a refillable water bottle, let’s assume you refill your own bottle twice per week instead of purchasing bottled water, for a total of 8 times in a month. It takes about 5.6 mega joules to produce a oneliter plastic water bottle. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you to estimate how many times your used a refillable bottle to better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Register for free lights and aerators: Pacific Power or NW Natural customer can register for FREE energy saving light bulbs and faucet aerators. One of our Energize Corvallis team members will come to your house and install up to 10 compact fluorescent light bulbs, 2 bathroom aerators, 1 kitchen aerator, and 2 lowflow showerheads. We can even install hardertofind bulbs like floodlights, 3way lamps, and candelabras. That adds up to about $80 worth of free energysaving goodies. Plus you can expect an annual savings of up to $185 in homes with electric heat and up to $125 in homes with gas heat!Register for free inhome installation of CFL light bulbs and faucet aeratorsFind Out More: About the Numbers: How much energy could you save letting us install FREE CFLs and faucet aerators for you?
If everyone in Corvallis did this, in one year we would save 58,500 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: Replacing CFLs To estimate how much energy you could save by letting us install FREE CFLs, let’s assume you upgrade to 10 CFLs and that these bulbs are turned on an for an average of 6 hours per day.


Use Small Appliances : When you don’t have a lot of food to cook or reheat, using smaller appliances is a great way to save energy. A toaster oven uses about half the energy of a conventional oven, and a microwave uses about one third of the energy of a conventional oven. Using small appliances in the summer also helps save money on air conditioning costs because smaller appliances don’t heat up your home as much as using the oven can. Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or ovenFind Out More: About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by using a toaster oven or microwave to reheat small portions?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 123,000 metric tons of CO_{2} assuming half of us used a microwave and half of us used a toaster oven, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by using a toaster oven or microwave to reheat small portions, we’ll calculate the potential energy saving for toaster ovens and microwaves because they use different amounts of energy and take different amounts of time to cook food. Let’s assume you reheat a frozen casserole. If you heated it in a conventional oven, it would take about one hour to cook and use 2 kWh of electricity. If you heated it in the microwave, it would take about 15 minutes and use 0.36 kWh. And if you heated it in the in the toaster oven, it would take for 50 minutes and use 0.95 kWh. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask which small appliance you used so we can to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.) Energy Savings for Microwave Ovens
Energy Savings for Toaster Ovens


Wash Full Loads: Waiting until you have a full load of laundry to do helps you get the most out of your washing machine, saving both time and energy. Wash full loads of laundryFind Out More: Check out why washing full loads of laundry is good and some tips you can use to help. About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by washing full loads?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 7,800 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by washing full loads, let’s assume that you wash one less load of laundry per week for a total of four less loads of laundry this month. Let’s also assume that your washing machine uses 450 watts per load and takes 35 minutes, and that your dryer uses 4,000 watts per 60 minute cycle. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you how many loads of laundry you reduced this month to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Use an energygenerating elliptical machine at Dixon: Do double good at the gym by creating energy while you workout. Next time you are at OSU’s Dixon Recreation Center, hop on one of the 22 energygenerating elliptical machines. The annual energy output from the machines is estimated to be about 3,500 kilowatthours. That’s roughly the amount needed to power a small, efficient house. Use an energygenerating elliptical machine at Dixon Rec Center at OSUFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by using an energygenerating elliptical machine?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 150 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by using an energygenerating elliptical machine, let’s assume each machine generates about 50 watts per hour if you use it at moderate level of resistance. Let’s also assume you workout three times a week. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you to estimate how many times you used the elliptical machines so we can better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Reduce the amount of garbage you throw away by half: If we put all of the solid waste collected in the U.S. in a line of average garbage trucks, that line of trucks could cross the country, extending from New York City to Los Angeles, more than 100 times. Reduce the amount of garbage you throw away by halfFind Out More:
About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by reducing the amount of garbage you throw away by half?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 12,300 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by reducing the amount of garbage you throw away by half, we’ll assume the average American creates 4.43 pounds of garbage per person per day and recycles or composts 1.51 pounds of that waste, which works out to be a total of 2.92 lbs of garbage per person per day (4.43 lbs – 1.51 lbs = 2.92 lbs). We’ll also assume that each pound of trash produces the equivalent of 0.94 pounds of CO_{2 }in the form of methane.


Work or Study from Home: Transportationrelated CO_{2} emissions were a whopping 1.88 billion tons in 2010—nearly a third of all US carbon emissions. The average American commutes in a car 25minute to and from work each day. But it is becoming more common to work from home for part of the week. Almost all students and a quarter of US workers do part or all of their work from home, which saves them time, money, and carbon emissions. Save time, money, and gas by working from home when possible.Find Out More:
How much energy could you save by working from home?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 21,000 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. About the Numbers: To estimate how much energy you could save by working from home, let’s assume your car gets 22 mpg. Let’s also assume that your trip to work is 10 miles roundtrip and that you work or study from home twice per week for a total of 8 times this month. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you how many mpg your car actually gets and how many miles your commute is to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Wash Clothes in Cold Water: About 90% of the energy used by the average clothes washer is for heating water. If you aren’t washing heavily stained clothing, you can safely substitute warm or cold water for hot water. Wash Clothes in Cold WaterFind Out More: Learn about why washing your clothes in cold water is perferable here. About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by washing clothes in cold water?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 22,000 metric tons of CO_{2} assuming half electric and half gas water heaters, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by washing your clothes in cold water, let’s assume that when water comes into your water heater it is 55°F, and your water heater is set at 120°F. Therefore, the water is heated 65°F before it comes into your laundry machine. Let’s also assume a conventional washer uses 40 gallons of water per full load and that you do three loads of laundry per week. The energy savings for electric and gas water heaters are different, so we’ll calculate the energy savings for each. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you how what kind of water heater you have to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.) Energy Savings for Electric Water Heater
Energy Savings for Gas Water Heater


Turn Off Lights: Lighting is about 14% of the average electricity bill. Cut down on waste by turning off the lights whenever you’re not using a room.
Find Out More: More information coming soon. About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by turning off the lights?
If everyone in Corvallis did this for a year we would save 900 metric tons of CO_{2}, which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by turning off lights, let’s assume that you use 15watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and turn them off each day for four hours when you would normally leave them on. (If you do this action for the Take Charge program and tell us how it went at the end of the month, we’ll ask you what kind of light bulbs you use and how many you tuned off to give you a better estimate of how much energy you saved.)


Request a Free Energy Saver Kit from Energy Trust of Oregon: If you are a Pacific Power or Northwest Natural customer, Energy Trust of Oregon will send you a free Energy Saver Kit in about six weeks when you click here and register online. The kit includes energysaving light bulbs and aerators to help you reduce energy costs right away.Request a Free Energy Saver Kit from EnergyFind Out More: Click here to register for your free Home Energy Kit. About the Numbers: How much energy could you save by registering for a free Energy Saver Kit from Energy Trust of Oregon?
If everyone in Corvallis did this, in one year we would save 29,850 metric tons of CO_{2} (assuming half gas and half electric water heaters), which is equivalent to:
* According to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Here is how we calculated that: To estimate how much energy you could save by registering for a free Energy Saver Kit, let’s assume Energy Trust sends you 5 CFLs and that these bulbs are turned on an for an average of 6 hours per day. We’ll also assume you receive two faucet aerators and one lowflow showerhead. Replacing CFLs
Installing LowFlow Aerators There are a number of things we’ll need to consider to calculate the energy savings of installing lowflow aerators. First, we’ll need to calculate the potential water savings. Second, we’ll need to calculate how much energy it takes to produce the water in the municipal waterdelivery system. Finally, we’ll need to calculate how much energy it takes to heat the water once it is in your home, and that depends on what type of water heater you have. To help us with these calculations, let’s assume that the faucet aerator you install results in a savings of about 0.6 gallons per person per day and that 73% of water that comes out of the tap is heated.
Calculating Energy to Treat and Deliver the Water
Calculating Energy to Heat the Water at Home In this section, let’s assume that when the water comes into your house from the municipal system, it is about 55^{o}F and that you have your water heater set at 120^{o}F, which means you heat the water 65^{o}F before it comes out of your tap (120^{o}F  55^{o}F = 65^{o}F) Installing LowFlow Aerators: Electric Water Heater
Installing LowFlow Aerators: Gas Water Heaters
Installing a LowFlow Showerhead To help us with these calculations, let’s assume that your old showerhead used 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) and your lowflow showerhead uses 1.5 gpm. Let’s also assume an average shower is 7 minutes.
Calculating Energy to Treat and Deliver the Water
Calculating Energy to Heat the Water at Home Installing a LowFlow Showerhead: Electric Water Heater
Installing a LowFlow Showerhead: Energy Savings for Gas Water Heaters


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