We all know that saving energy is important, both for the planet and our wallets.
But sometimes, it can feel like going green comes at a cost.
With these easy tips, you can save energy and money without making any major changes to your lifestyle.
Keep reading to find out how!
Unplug electronics when they’re not in use.
Did you know that many of your devices continue to eat up energy even when they’re turned off? To save energy (and money), make a habit of unplugging electronics like your tv, computer, and game consoles when you’re not using them.
If you have a lot of devices, consider investing in a power strip so you can easily switch them all off at once.
You can also save energy by making sure your electronics are set to “power saving” mode when you are using them. On most devices, this setting will dim the screen and put the device into sleep mode more quickly when it’s inactive, which uses less energy overall.
Let there be light… but only when you need it!
One of the easiest ways to save energy is to turn off lights whenever you leave a room.
You can also save energy by switching to LED bulbs, which use 70% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
During the daytime, take advantage of natural sunlight by opening curtains and blinds instead of turning on lights. Not only will you save energy, but you’ll also get a dose of vitamin D!
In winter, keep heat from escaping through your windows by hanging heavy curtains or investing in draft stoppers.
You can also lower your thermostat by a few degrees, every little helps.
And in summer, keep cool air in by using ceiling fans instead of air conditioners as much as possible. ceiling fans use far less energy than AC units and can actually make a room feel cooler by circulating the air.
Ditch plastic water bottles and invest in a reusable one instead.
Every year, billions plastic water bottles—and that number is only increasing as we continue to rely on single-use plastics for everything from water to coffee to salad dressing.
Not only is this bad for the environment, but it’s also bad for our wallets; buying bottled water costs about 2,000 times more than tap water!
Invest in a reusable water bottle or filter pitcher and fill it up from the tap instead of buying bottled water. You’ll save money and help reduce plastic pollution at the same time!
Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible… and hang them up to dry!
Washing clothes in cold water can save anywhere from 20-60% on your energy bill each month, so it’s definitely worth doing whenever possible.
You can also cut down on energy costs by line drying your clothes instead of using a clothes dryer—just make sure to do it on sunny days so your clothes don’t end up smelling musty!
Hanging clothes up to dry might take a bit longer than using a machine, but it’s definitely worth it for the savings (and there’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh-air dried laundry).
Saving energy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive — sometimes all it takes is a few small changes to your everyday routine!
By following these tips, you can save money and help reduce your environmental impact without skipping a beat. So what are you waiting for?
Start saving today!