Is the amount of energy you home uses, sucking the money right out of your wallet? You home may be your castle but how much money do you spend on energy keeping your drafty, inefficient castle comfortable? Not only does not caring about the environment hurt the planet, it also takes a bite out of your wallet. What is good for the environment is also good for your bottom line.
If you have been putting off going green because you thought it would be too much work or too much money to get started, then you may want to read on because I going to give you 8 ways to save energy around your home that involves little or no installation and very little cost.
Energy Saving Green Tip #1
Get an energy audit. Call your local utility company to see if they will come out and provide an energy audit for you. Most utility companies will even do it for free. On average, those that implement the changes recommended save up to 30% on their utility bills.
Energy Saving Green Tip #2
Turn down the heat by 3 degrees in the winter and put on a sweater to make up the difference. In the summer, keep the air conditioner down a few degrees.
Energy Saving Green Tip #3
Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs may cost a bit more initially but they last 10 time longer and save energy, thereby lowering your utility bill.
Energy Saving Green Tip #4
If you aren’t using it, unplug it. Of the total energy used to run home electronics, 40% is used when they are turned off. If you aren’t using it at the time, then simply unplug it.
Energy Saving Green Tip #5
When you go on vacation, unplug your appliances. If you aren’t going to be at home anyway, do you really need to have your stove, microwave and other items tell you what time it is? If the refrigerator is empty, unplug that too.
Energy Saving Green Tip #6
Seal the windows and doors of your house. Simple caulk or weather stripping can close up the gaps that are letting money fly out of your pocket.
Energy Saving Green Tip #7
The next time you buy a new appliance, make sure it has an Energy Star rating. Energy Star appliances can save you money on your utility bills and cut emissions as well.
Energy Saving Green Tip #8
If you have an electric water heater older than 2004, wrap is in an insulating jacket and save about 10% a year on heating your water. The newer water heaters already have plenty of insulation.
How many energy saving tips you use, depends largely on your level of interest and commitment to saving money and energy. You don’t have to do all of them at once, implement the ones that you feel comfortable with as soon as possible and once you get on the path to saving energy, you will see that it really isn’t that hard to reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time.