I’m always looking for ways to save some money, and it’s even better if I can help the environment at the same time.
Being energy efficient is something everyone can do, and there’s so much more to it besides remembering to turn off the lights when you leave a room. With these tips you’ll see just how easy it can be!
- When leaving your house for long periods of time, turn the thermostat down. You can save significantly each year on your heating bill. Also consider keeping your thermostat a couple degrees cooler when you’re home and dress in layers.
- Caulk gaps and cracks around old doors and windows, or replace them if needed.
- Upgrade to a programmable thermostat.
- Replace inefficient light bulbs.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
3. Take shorter showers, or take baths instead.
4. Buy Energy Star appliances.
5. Turn your refrigerator’s temperature up a couple degrees.
6. Install a ceiling fan.
7. Keep blinds and curtains closed in the summer to keep the house cool.
8. Install dimmer switches.
9. Turn off/unplug electronics and small appliances at night. (This is easier if you use a power strip and you can turn the switch off for all of them at once.)
10. Change your furnace filter regularly. (Typically every 1-3 months)
11. Install motion-dectotor lights outside.
12. If you have a second refrigerator or freezer that you’re not using, recycle it. You may even make some extra money by doing so.
13. Fix leaky faucets.
14. Unplug phones, laptops, etc. when the battery is fully charged.
15. Get a home energy audit. Check with your local power company – some will come out and evaluate your home for free.
Do you have any advice to add? I’d love to hear it!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.