Each year, Americans spend thousands of dollars on energy in their homes, much of which is wasted. Here are some easy ways to go green and save green at the same time.
- Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use up to 75 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times longer.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR logo when shopping for home appliances. They meet strict guidelines set by the U.S Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.
- Consider investing in solar powered outdoor lighting. While it may cost more upfront, there are no confusing wires, which means there is no electricity used.
- Seal spaces in your attic and basement to save on heating and cooling.
- Turning your water heater down to 120 degrees or the normal setting.
- When possible, turn off the air conditioning and use ceiling fans since most use less energy than a light bulb.
- Close the blinds and windows to help to keep your home insulated.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat, which can raise or lower the temperature when you are not home. Setting your thermostat to 78 degrees instead of 75 degrees can make a big difference in cost (about 18 percent.)
- Cleaning air conditioning filters and lint traps can also increase efficiency, as well as make your home safer.
- Plug your home electronics into a power strip that you can turn off when they are not in use.
- When not in use, either turn off your computer monitor or set it to automatic sleep mode.
When it comes to energy, every little bit counts. Start conserving energy today and watch your bills dwindle.
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