Did you know that you can go green and save green all at the same time? It’s a common misconception that living a green life costs more. But this post will show you that you can not only save the planet but save money at the same time. Here are three ways you can go green and save green.
Protect Your Windows
If you have old windows odds are they are not very energy efficient. If you go by your windows and feel a draft, you may need new windows. Investing in new EnergyStar windows will save you money on your energy bill every month. You may also qualify for tax credits which will soften the impact of having to buy new windows.
If your budget doesn’t allow for new windows then there’s still a way to shave a few bucks off your power bill. You can weather strip your existing windows. If you see any cracks around the corners, you can caulk up those areas.
Change Your Refrigerator
If your refrigerator is more than 10 years old, odds are it is not very energy efficient. To save money on your power bill, buy an EnergyStar refrigerator from Home Depot or Sears. On the side of the appliance on the label you’ll see how much money it will cost you each month. By getting a new fridge you can save upwards of $100 per year.
If you can’t afford to buy a new fridge then you still can save on your energy bill in another way. Clean the coils on the back of your fridge. The cleaner they are the more efficient your refrigerator will work. Another way to use less power is to keep the temperature in your fridge constant. The way to do that is to make sure the door is shut tightly so no air escapes. Another tip is to not fill your fridge up with items that don’t need to be in the fridge like ketchup or mustard. The more items in there the more work that has to be done to cool everything up.
The Little Things Count
To lower your carbon footprint and lower your monthly bills you also have to do the little things. Find ways to use less electricity around the house. Here are a few more tips:
– When one of your light bulbs dies, replace it with an energy efficient one. The new ones out nowadays can give you a bright white color instantly and don’t need to be replaced for many years.
– Another big power hog in your house is the dryer. You can hang your laundry instead of putting them in the dryer.
– If you have electronics that aren’t in use, unplug them. Even though they’re not on, they are still pulling power as long as they’re connected. A television is the biggest culprit here. So if you’re going on a vacation for a week, unplug your electronics.