Most of us have heard about the concept of going green. But when you’re not exactly sure what that means, the concept may sound intimidating. It also may sound expensive.
But any expenses brought on by going green are quickly reduced or eliminated altogether. In the long run, going green serves two important purposes:
- Saving money on your monthly energy costs.
- Helping to save the earth by improving air and water quality, conserving natural resources and protecting our ecosystems.
Doing your part in the going green movement doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some easy tips to help get you started.
Turn Down That A/C
Did you know that simply turning down your thermostat 1 degree can save you between $44 and $73 per year?
Don’t Cut Down Those Shade Trees
During the summer, shade trees can cut your air conditioning needs as much as 50%. If you have shade trees and you think your power bill during the summer is high, you will be astonished at how high it will jump if those shade trees were cut down.
Here’s A Bright Idea
It’s time to stop using “traditional” incandescent bulbs and start using LED or CFL bulbs. It will be a small financial investment to buy these more expensive bulbs but they totally pay for themselves in the long run. In fact, these bulbs can save you as much as $300 per year.
Program That Thermostat
Let’s face it. When it comes to manually managing our thermostats, we are all very inconsistent. We are often guilty of running the air conditioner when it doesn’t need to. It’s not that we’re being negligent. We’re just not paying attention. Having a programmable thermostat to control the temperature during both days and nights can help save you up to $150 a year.
Don’t Have A Lead Foot
Did you know that for every 5mph you drive over 60mph, it costs you an additional 30 cents per gallon of gas. In other words, you may get to your final destination faster, but you will be visiting a gas station a lot earlier.