Whether it’s saving money by turning off the lights or lowering the electricity bill with foliage, going green and saving money can happen naturally.
By: Carly Wright
Being energy conscious doesn’t just mean going green for the environment, it means keeping some green in your wallet too. There are ways to avoid costly energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly home improvements and still have a green initiative. Here are just a few simple ways to help the environment by lowering your household electricity consumption naturally.
1. Lights Out
This is probably one of the biggest energy wasters of any household. Simply turning off a desk lamp or overhead light before leaving the room could save upwards of 10 percent annually on electricity costs. For homes with multiple bedrooms, that’s a lot of green.
Additionally, ceiling fans are huge energy consumers. So just remember this: a fan cools a person, not a room. If there’s a fan on in an empty room, shut it off and you’ll quickly become a “fan” of how much money it saves on the electrical bill.
2. Find Some Shade
Cooling costs make electricity bills skyrocket during those hot summer months; instead of fighting the heat, hide from it with a little shade. If there’s summer gardening in your future, try planting thick foliage plants like lilacs and crape myrtles. They’ll prevent the sun from hitting the house while also adding curb appeal.
For interior shade, try keeping the blinds shut or closing the roller shades on particularly sunny days. It’ll keep the house cool without costing a dime and give those nosy neighbors a challenge.
3. Start Unplugging
Homeowners might not know it, but plugged-in electronics that aren’t in use still drain electricity, so start unplugging. If this sounds like a never-ending task, try plugging multiple items into one power strip that’s powered by a single on/off switch.
Hibernating electronics aren’t the only things that drain power; empty cell phone chargers and other charging devices do too. So, just because that laptop or smart phone isn’t charging up, that doesn’t mean the charger isn’t using unnecessary energy.
4. Temperature Choice
Heating and air conditioning temperatures make a drastic difference in energy costs. A good rule to follow is setting the thermostat between 60 to 65 degrees during the winter and between 75 to 80 degrees during the summer. By simply keeping temperatures in a five-degree range, the HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard thus saving electricity.
Temperature settings are just as important for appliances as well. So, keep refrigerators between 36 to 42 degrees and the freezer right around 5 degrees. And, practice patience while preheating the oven by keeping the oven door closed; lost heat equals lost power.
5. Low Cost Hot Water
If it’s time to replace that tired water heater, do so with an energy-efficient solar water heater. Solar water heaters save big bucks by using solar collectors to heat a home’s water supply even on rainy days. They’re a great long-term, eco-friendly investment.
So, whether it’s saving money by turning off the lights or lowering the electricity bill with foliage, going green and saving money can happen naturally.
About the Author:
Carly Wright is an activist for fun! From technology and entertainment to travel and leisure she can write about it all. She encourages you to see her tweets @MostlyImWrite.
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