It is heating up here in Southern California and that means fun, but it can also mean a high electric bill and leaving a bigger carbon footprint. Having been born and raised a California Girl, I feel strongly about doing my part to preserve our resources and keep our beautiful state, well, beautiful.
Today I am sharing some really simple ways to conserve and reduce our impact on the environment. If we all do our part, it can make a big difference in California for ourselves and for the world. Let me know if you do any of these things already or have tips that you use to save energy.
Energy Saving Tips
- Turn off lights in rooms not being used.
- Turn off the TV when no one is in the room.
- Replace old light bulbs with newer energy-saving LED lights.
- Dress cooler when the weather heats up and avoid using the air conditioner.
- Don’t turn your oven on, make a tasty dish with no stove or oven use (I’ve got one for you below)
- Shut down and turn off computers when not in use.
- Limit the length of your hot showers with a timer.
- Hang clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer, when possible.
- Make a tasty no-bake meal like this Cucumber Tomato Salad for dinner.
I think we all need to remind ourselves that our resources are not unlimited. By taking some time to do our part, we can preserve the beauty and of our physical surroundings.
Get more tips and information to start saving energy in your home at the Energy Upgrade California website. Now here is that recipe I promised.
Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe
2 cucumbers, washed & diced
1 bell pepper, washed and seeded
½ red onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
In a bowl, mix together cucumbers, red onion, bell pepper and tomato.
Set aside and make dressing.
Add dressing to salad and coat.
Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour.
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon Dill weed
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon sugar
Pinch of pepper
In a small bowl, mix together ingredients and add to vegetables.
This creamy dill dressing is great for all kinds of vegetable combinations.
You can also add some salami and ham to make this a meaty no-cook dinner option.
Do you have tips to conserve energy?
I would love to hear yours! Follow the conversation and learn about climate change in California so we can all do our part. Follow on social media under the #DoYourThing and #LetsGetCharged hastags.