Saving energy is a great way to reduce your own utility costs while giving back to the environment and thereby creating good karma, all at the same time. What are some ways you can save energy, you ask? Well, here are few helpful tips to get you started on you money-saving karma-gaining journey:
The Little Things Count
Setting your thermostat a just 2 degrees lower than usual already saves energy. It’s only a little bit, but it adds up quickly over time. If you keep your thermostat at 72 degrees, turn it down to 70 and put on a jacket and slippers. You’ll save money and probably be even more comfortable at the same time.
Walk around your house and notice (and fix) any energy wasting spots. Things like high gaps between doors and thresholds, cracks in walls, windows that don’t really close all the way, etc. are all things that can add to the leaking of energy from your home.
Turn off all your computers, TVs, and other electronic devices when they’re not in use. Plug them all into a power strip and turn off the power strip to power off all the appliances at once. These appliances all use up a very large amount of electricity, even when simply in stand-by mode.
Slightly Bigger Tasks
Replace furnace filters, and clean air ducts and air registers. Having buildup of dust and other pollutants can cause them to run less efficiently.
Have a home energy audit conducted in your house. The inspector will let you know what you can do to save even more energy.
Buy a programmable thermostat and program it to shut off when you typically leave and turn on 30 minutes before you typically arrive home. This way, you won’t even know the AC or heat was ever off, as you’ll be going back home to a perfectly comfortable environment.
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