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Why Can't I Leave This On?



Why Can't I Leave This On?
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.01

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     challenging words:    reopen, thermostat, directly, dishwasher, tips, opposite, lower, environment, actually, care, cooler, freezer, conditioner, costs, simple, refrigerator


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Why Can't I Leave This On?
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Taking care of your house does not only mean that you have to keep it clean. There are other things that you have to do, too. Some of these things can even help the environment. One of these things is to save electricity. You would be surprised at the little things that you can do in your house to use less electricity.
 
2     Conserving electricity isn't only good for the environment. It can also save you money. It costs money to turn the television on. If you leave it on when no one is there to watch it, you are wasting money.
 
3     One of the most important things you can do to save energy is to turn off the lights. If you don't need all of the lights on in a room, don't turn them on. Of all the energy needed for lights, ninety-five percent of it goes to heat. Only five percent goes to actually making the light that you use to see.
 
4     When you leave a room, turn off all the lights. Also make sure to turn them off when you leave the house. You would be surprised how much energy you can save this way.
 
5     Another way to save energy is to adjust the heat in your house. If there isn't anyone home, you don't need to have the house as warm as you usually do. Turn the heat down when you leave.

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