This fourth article in a series about what the average person can do about global climate change.Our desire to help is sometimes all but overwhelmed in light of the huge scope of this problem. Most of us feel like there is little we can do to make a difference.But, when you see it as millions, if not billions, of people like us working together then what you are doing can have a major positive effect.Really, what can the average person do to help?In the last three articles we talked about some of the little things around the house that can be done to help. There are more of them than you think.I don’t know about other people but I’m a numbers kind of guy. If, by changing what I’m doing around the house means I’m going to save money I want to know how much.You don’t have to been a mathematician or electrician to figure it out. You just need your latest electric bill and a neat little gadget called the “Kill-a-Watt” or one like it.This device works with your wall voltage, not your 220v or higher. You plug it into the wall, the device you’re testing in it, and you are ready to go. For monthly or annual figures you will need to estimate how long you have your test device on per day.The following link will show you in a step-by-step fashion how to use the meter and to make the calculations. This is my kind of site – hey, there are even pictures.http://the-gadgeteer.com/review/kill_a_watt_electric_usage_monitor_reviewUp until now we’ve talked about the small and fairly easy things that can be done around the house to help fight global warming. There are bigger things that can be done that will have larger impacts on your power bill and CO2 generation but they will cost more money to start with.Right after hurricane Ivan my refrigerator died. It was an old one with no energy saving features so the one I replaced it with had a green star for being easy on power use. My power bill dropped $20 a month.The new refrigerator cost $350 so the math says in about 18 months it paid for itself in power savings. If I had the kill-a-watt meter back then I would have known exactly what my saving would have been. Plus, the cost of power has gone up since then so it was less than 18 months to a pay back situation.The same thing can be done with your washer and dryer. The new front loading models not only use less energy they cut down on water use too. Water is getting a little tight in some places around our nation lately, if you haven’t noticed.These ideas will help put another dent in your power bill and put less CO2 in the air.If you have something practical to share that you’ve been doing to deal with global warming and high-energy costs please send it to the email address below. The earth will thank you.Next time more how to do it ideas for the rest of us.
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