I'm doing a science project and we have to make up a list of ways to "go green." This is my list: Replace light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LEDs). Turn off lights and other devises when...

I'm doing a science project and we have to make up a list of ways to "go green." This is my list:

  • Replace light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Turn off lights and other devises when they’re not needed.
  • Dry clothes on a line, instead of drying machines.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat.
  • Switch to solar energy.
  • Purchase energy-efficient products.
  • Walk to places that are nearby.
  • Carpool.
  • Bicycle to places when possible.
  • For long distance travel, take the train.
  • Don’t waste food.
  • Avoid purchasing bottled water.
  • Eat local, organic foods.

Which one do you think is the best, and can you try to explain why you think that one is the best?

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Well, that's quite an impressive list. You have included a number of great and doable steps. I personally like the idea of saving on the electricity bill through a programmable thermostat. Generally homes, especially the older constructions, are equipped with a manual thermostat, where one just sets one temperature. Since our heating or cooling requirements vary throughout the day, a fixed temperature is not the optimal solution. Depending on the size of the house and the variations in temperature, a regular thermostat can result in a high electricity bill. A programmable thermostat, on the other hand, allows someone to set the temperature as per his needs and ambient temperature. For example, during the winters, one can set the programmable thermostat to reduce or switch off the heating during day when everyone is out and switch it back before everyone gets home. This will ensure both user comfort and electrical savings. 

You can also think about individual programmable thermostat for each room, instead of a central thermostat. 

Hope this helps.

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