Saving Energy = Saving Money
Earth Day has come and gone, but you can play your part in saving the environment by changing the way you consume energy all year.
Here are our 10 favorite ways you can save energy and money in your home and on the road:
- Replace your light bulbs with energy efficient LEDs.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your energy use is switching to light emitting diode bulbs. You probably know them as LED lights. These bulbs use two-thirds less energy than old-fashioned incandescent lights. According to a recent Consumer Federation of America cost analysis, switching at least 20 lights to LED bulbs could save $1,000 or more in a decade, even factoring in the higher upfront cost to purchase the more advanced bulb.
- Program your thermostat.
If you have a thermostat in your home, use it to control the temperature and save money. You can save more than $100 each year by programming your thermostat to air condition your home only when you need to.
Set your home to a comfortable temperature, like 74 degrees during the summer, to reduce overusing energy. It takes longer to cool your home down to colder temperatures. The longer you run your air conditioning, the bigger your energy bill.
You can also control your temperature manually if you don’t have a programmable conditioner. If your thermostat can be set to “auto” instead of “on,” always choose the automatic setting. This way your air conditioner and heater will automatically stop when your home reaches the temperature you selected.
Another money saving tip is to turn your air conditioner off when you’re away from home or travelling. Your house doesn’t need to be the perfect temperature when no one is in it!
- Do you really need all that water?
Reduce your water usage by installing low-pressure water faucets. You can replace your kitchen and bathroom sink faucets, along with your shower head.
If you have a leaky faucet, fix it as soon as possible. Otherwise, you’ll continue to pay for every drop of water wasted if water is one of your utilities bills. In addition to reducing your water bill, using less water will help preserve water in the environment.
- Change your air filters.
The slightest bit of lint in your air filter reduces energy efficiency. Replace your furnace, heat pump and air conditioning filters regularly to prevent wasting energy or damage to your equipment. Having a clean air filter also helps control the quality of the air you breathe.
- Be a star with Energy Star.
When you need new appliances, look for items that have the Energy Star label, which indicates that the product meets certain energy efficiency guidelines that will reduce your utility bills. An Energy Star washing machine uses 45 percent less water than regular washers and 25 percent less energy. Now that’s good saving!
- Don’t go above the speed limit.
Don’t speed, for your safety and fuel economy. Did you know most cars begin to lose fuel economy after reaching 50 mph? This means the more you speed, the more gas you burn. Try to drive within speed limits. Slamming on your beaks and accelerating quickly also uses a lot of gas, so try your best to drive carefully.
- Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation when you can.
The most efficient way to save money and energy with your car is by not using it. Cars emit carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, which contribute to global warming. In addition, driving a lot requires a lot of gas. Save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint by limiting the amount of time you spend on the road.
- Combine your trips.
Another way to limit the amount you drive is combining your errands into as few trips as possible. Need to buy groceries, hit the gym and buy a new light bulb? Go to a plaza that has the grocery store and a gym. This will save you time, energy, gas and car mileage.
- Keep your tires in good condition.
Believe it or not, under-inflated tires reduce your car’s performance and require more gas. Keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage. The adequate tire pressure for most cars is 30 to 35 PSI, check your car manual to be sure. Keep a gauge in your car so you can check your tire pressure if things start to feel a little odd.
- Get your car tuned up regularly.
Get regular tune-ups and oil changes to keep your car healthy and running. Changing your oil and replacing the oil filter will improve fuel economy. Keeping your car tuned up will save money by preventing any major, unexpected issues with your car. It’s better to spend about $35 for regular oil changes than to be hit with a major $1,000 repair because your engine knocked.
You can reduce your carbon footprint with these simple steps. For 54 more creative ways to save, check out these tips!
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- Written by Darlene Aderoju
- Category: Blog
- Published: 24 April 2018