A few facts about conserving energy from Alliant Energy Kids:
- A heavy coat of dust on a light bulb can block up to half of the light.
- Across America, home refrigerators use the electricity of 25 large power plants every year.
- A hot water faucet that leaks one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That’s more than one person uses in two weeks.
- An energy-smart clothes washer can save more water in one year than one person drinks in an entire lifetime!
- When you turn on an incandescent light bulb, only 10 percent of the electricity used is turned into light. The other 90 percent is wasted as heat.
- A compact fluorescent light bulb uses 75 percent less energy than a regular bulb – and it can last up to four years.
- A crack as small as 1/16th of an inch around a window frame can let in as much cold air as leaving the window open three inches!
- Some new refrigerators are so energy-smart they use less electricity than a light bulb!
- An automatic dishwasher uses less hot water than doing dishes by hand – an average of six gallons less, or more than 2,000 gallons per year.
- Every time you open the refrigerator door, up to 30 percent of the cold air can escape.
- Every year, more than $13 billion worth of energy leaks from houses through small holes and cracks. That’s more than $150 per family!