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Save Energy, Save Idaho

Each time you flip on the lights you can choose to protect Idaho's clean air, water and wild lands—or not. Here's how you can choose to protect wild Idaho.

We all enjoy modern conveniences like cool watermelon from the refrigerator or a reading lamp on dark winter nights. But, conveniences have ripple effects that impact our clean air, clean water, and the wild places we love.

Photo by: USGS of the Navajo Coal Plant

No matter the type, there are costs to producing energy—and they're not just monetary. Power plants emit air pollution. Transmission lines stretch across some of Idaho’s wild landscapes. And now, Idaho faces a threat to our groundwater from fracking—the process of injecting a chemical slurry into the ground to stimulate natural gas production.

Each time you flip a light switch, you’re making a choice about energy and Idaho. The electricity used by the average Idaho home in one month results in 1,092 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. By using energy wisely, you can reduce the production of air pollution.

House weatherization
Graphic of home weatherization

Many people use natural gas to heat their homes. While gas is cleaner than coal, natural gas produced by fracking threatens our groundwater. By turning the thermostat down a few degrees, you can reduce your share of natural gas demand.

Being energy-efficient does not mean sitting in a dark, cold house. Modern lightbulbs bulbs provide the same warm, even light at a fraction of the energy use. Well insulated homes stay warm using less energy overall. 

Being energy savvy is easy and helps protect the things you love about Idaho.  
 
Here are some ideas:
  • Eliminate vampire power - like televisions that use energy even when they are turned off.
  • Keep your home toasty with some easy upgrades.
  • Tune up your heater with a new filter
 

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