Green living can mean more saving

(February 2011) – There are countless ways to save some of your well-earned money by incorporating green living into your decision-making. Often times the opportunities are all around us, but there are also some suggestions that you’d never think of that can mean big savings for you and the environment.

Here are some tips that will help you to fatten your wallet as you improve your earth around you.

  • Get audited: Ask your electricity provider if they offer a free energy audit. If they do, have them come to your home and complete one. The company will come and examine where you may be losing energy (through windows, under doors). Once you know where the leaks are occurring you can seal them up and save significantly on your costs as you reduce your energy output.

  • Sometimes you have to spend money to save money: If your appliances are from the mid-90s or before they are likely inefficient, resulting in higher energy costs. By purchasing a new more efficient appliance you can save significantly…both in terms of your bills and your energy consumption.

  • Take your time: According to the Department of Energy, you pay about 20 cents more per gallon for each five mph you go over 60. The lesson here: give yourself some extra time and use it.

  • A bright idea: Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents. They use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times as long. In fact, each bulb can save $40 or more in electricity costs over its lifetime.

  • Degrees of savings: Set your thermostat a few degrees warmer in the summer months and a few degrees lower in the winter months. You will barely feel any difference, but you will see it in your electric bill, and you’ll be doing your part to save energy.

Now that you have some ideas be sure to pass them along to family and friends so that they can take part in all of these great savings. They, and the environment, will definitely appreciate the help.

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