Did you know that more than 40% of America’s carbon emissions come from home heating, cooling, lighting and operating buildings?

According to Go Green Nashville, a Nashville Electric Service (NES) initiative, home owners and business owners can get an energy evaluation that will help identify ways to decrease power usage and save money.

Go Green Nashville Aims To Reduce City’s Energy Consumption by 5%

bike-commuter“Save the Green, Keep Your Green” is the tagline for the initiative, laid fourth by the office of mayor Karl Dean.  The mayor has been active in helping position Nashville as a sustainable city, although there’s still a long way to go.  Nashville doesn’t even make the “top 50” list of green cities in the U.S., ranking far below even cities not traditionally thought of as green:  Huntsville, AL, Athens, GA, Tulsa, OK and Amarillo, TX.  By putting fourth a goal to reduce Nashville’s energy consumption by five percent, the mayor is setting the bar pretty low.  But will Nashville be able to make the cut any time soon?

Here’s a quick look at some easy ways Nashville residents could directly impact the mayor’s goal:

    1. Switch your lightbulbs.  Compact flourescent light bulbs use 75% less electricity, last years longer and save up to $40 over the lifetime of one light bulb.
    2. Carpool or Use Public Transportation.  Ever notice on your morning commute that most cars only contain one person each?  Nashville has installed HOV lanes to incentivize carpooling, but the lane restriction is loosely enforced.  Find a buddy at work who lives nearby, and ask if they would be interested in starting a car pool.  You’ll not only save up to half on fuel, you’ll be helping to reduce traffic during peak hours and reduce carbon emissions.
    3. Reduce cooking time.  Instead of making a new meal using your stovetop and oven each night, consider cooking food that can be made in larger batches and reheated in the microwave.  This way, you can use less energy cooking, spend less money on cooking electricity and save time.

Will Nashville meet its goal?  Only time will tell.