Saving money and energy? Yes please! The holiday season is upon us, which means we could all use a little extra savings. The fact is that many of the small choices that we make on a daily basis contribute to our environmental impact that we leave behind. The “on the go” lifestyle has many of us making small decisions that can end up making large impacts. Here are some helpful tips that can directly keep money in your credit union or buried in your backyard.
- Run your dishwasher with only a full load and when applicable use the energy-saving settings for drying. (Don’t use heat)
- Wash Clothes in warm or cold water, not hot water.
- Turn down your water heater thermostat; 120 degrees is recommended.
- Replace and clean air filters as recommended. The less energy needed, the more you save.
- Energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs can save money when you do need to use the lights.
- Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket if your water heater is over 5 years old and doesn’t have internal insulation.
- Install low flow shower heads in order to use less hot water.
- Caulk and weather-strip around doors and windows to make sure you plug those cold air leaks! If you rent, call your land lord.
- Ask your utility company to conduct an energy audit to find out where your home is poorly insulated or energy inefficient, making sure you know the ins and outs of your home could make a big difference.