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5 Ways to Reduce Energy Use Outdoors

Ashley deHaan
Publication date:
January 23, 2018
Article Summary: 

In today's environmentally conscious world, finding ways to reduce energy consumption is paramount. One often overlooked area where energy conservation can be implemented is outdoors. Fortunately, there are numerous strategies individuals can adopt to lessen their environmental impact while enjoying the great outdoors.

Firstly, planting shade trees is a simple yet effective method to reduce energy use. By strategically placing trees around your home, you can provide natural shade, thus reducing the need for air conditioning during hot summer months. Not only does this save energy, but it also enhances the aesthetic appeal of your property.

Secondly, opting for hand tools over power tools when working outdoors can significantly decrease energy consumption. While power tools may offer convenience and efficiency, they also consume electricity. By reverting to traditional hand tools like shovels, rakes, and pruning shears, you not only save energy but also engage in a more tactile and rewarding gardening experience.

Thirdly, considering alternative modes of transportation can further reduce energy use. Instead of relying solely on cars for outdoor activities, explore greener options such as walking, biking, or using public transportation. Not only are these alternatives better for the environment, but they also promote a healthier lifestyle.

Additionally, composting organic waste for garden use is another eco-friendly practice. Rather than discarding kitchen scraps and yard waste, composting allows you to recycle these materials into nutrient-rich soil amendments. By enriching your garden soil with compost, you reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers, which often require significant energy inputs in their production.

Lastly, researching energy-saving lighting options for outdoor spaces can yield substantial energy savings. LED lights, for example, consume significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and have a much longer lifespan. By investing in energy-efficient lighting solutions, you not only reduce your energy bills but also contribute to mitigating climate change.

In conclusion, implementing these five strategies—planting shade trees, using hand tools, exploring alternative transportation, composting, and adopting energy-saving lighting—can collectively lead to significant reductions in outdoor energy consumption. By taking proactive steps to minimize our environmental footprint, we not only benefit the planet but also create more sustainable and enjoyable outdoor spaces for future generations.


energy efficiency, outdoor, shade tree, hand tools, alternative transportation, composting, and energy-saving lighting.

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Ashley deHaan
5 Ways to Reduce Energy Use Outdoors
January 23, 2018
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