Save Energy, Save Money

Predicting how our choices today might affect the future can bring on a lot of anxiety.  But thinking about what kind of world we want for future generations is an important aspect of sustainability.  While sustainable decisions are important on a global scale, the choices we make on a personal level are just as important.

Personal decisions we can make regarding energy consumption is an important part of preserving our future.  Much of the energy we are using today is wasted, and finding ways to save it won’t even impact our day to day lives.  But even if you aren’t particularly interested in the sustainability of energy, you too can save with these energy saving tactics.

1.       Wear the right clothes for the climate
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What is the temperature outside?  Is it winter or summer?  What are you wearing right now?  How hard is your home heating or cooling system working to keep you comfortable?  By wearing the right clothes for the climate, you could save hundreds of dollars a year in heating and cooling costs.  So layer-up in the winter, and strip down in the summer.

2.       Set the temperature of your clothes washer to warm, not hot.

Lots of people use hot water to wash their clothing.  For certain clothing, this is a necessary setting for care.  But make sure you are only washing clothes that require that temperature.  When you are doing laundry that is OK to wash cold, make sure to turn down that temperature setting.  The savings in your water heating bill will be worth it, and the CO2 savings will be worth it as well.

3.       Turn off, or replace, your lighting.
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Did you know that about 10% of your electric bill is made up of lighting cost?  An easy way to save energy is to get in the habit of turning off the lights when you leave the room.  If you are already doing this, great!  The next step is to start replacing you lighting with high efficiency LED lights.  LED lighting will last years, and these days, look pretty much the same as any other light.

4.       Check your refrigerator.

Your refrigerator uses more energy than almost anything in your home.  It is really important to make sure is running efficiently.  Check the temperature and set it between 35 and 38 degrees.  Another way to make your refrigerator efficient is to check the rubber seal that runs around the door.  Fix any loose seals so that cool air stays in.

5.       Install a ceiling fan.
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Air conditioning is a great invention for those hot summer nights.  But did you know that your air conditioner is probably running 4 degrees cooler than it needs to be?  By installing a ceiling fan, and circulating the cool air in your home, you can raise the temperature in the summer and you will never know the difference.

By implementing even a few of these simple suggestions, you can reduce your CO2 footprint, as well as your electric bill.  You will be saving the world while saving your money!