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Embrace Being Green With These Practical Energy Saving Tips

Adopt Energy Saving Tips for Your Home and Business

 

We all understand that we have an impact on our environment and the costs involved.  It’s natural to seek ways that you can save money.  In this article I’m going to talk about several simple and practical ways that you could lower your home’s energy consumption and save money.  By making just a few changes in your home you could save energy and lower your utility bills.  If you spend less, it means you’re using less energy and that’s a bonus in promoting sustainability.

Because you’re doing this is to save money, not spend it, most of these changes won’t require major investments.  Making these changes in your home may also inspire you to live more sustainably and embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle.


 

Change All Your Energy-hog Bulbs to LED Bulbs

 

Many homeowners are starting to replace their standard light bulbs with LED bulbs that use up to 80% less power.  You can do this gradually, changing to LED’s as you replace your bulbs.  Though LED’s were costly when they were introduced, the new LED’s are less expensive, last longer and are more efficient than ever.

 

This is Your First Step Towards Eco-friendliness

 

This should be your first step towards eco-friendliness and sustainability and there’s a reason for that.  LED bulbs are a great investment for those looking for frugal ways to save energy.  They also work well for your decorative lighting and there are affordable options to use throughout your home.

 

You Have to Learn to Turn Off Your Devices

 

This small change doesn’t require your spending a single penny, but it can really go a long way.  You  probably leave your electronic devices on without thinking about the energy you waste by doing so.  If you turn off just a handful of devices when they are not being used you might be surprised by the savings.

 

You may be surprised how much energy you can save.  Turn off your TV’s, computers, and smart devices that you aren’t using them.  The hardest part may be developing this habit and always remind yourself to switch off your devices when they are not being used.

Using timers can be an easy way to ensure that this happens on a regular basis.  Many newer devices and appliances may even have this ability built into them.  Your water heater is an energy hog, putting it on a timer could ensure that it operates only when you need it to.

A very simple fix that costs little is replacing light switches in some rooms with a motion activated light switch.  I’ve done this in my hall bathroom, I simply got tired of turning off the lights after the grankids used it.  Two problems solved with one action. 

 

Install a Programmable Thermostat

 

Although it sounds too good to be true, you can really save lots of money on heating and cooling if you replace your thermostat and with a programmable one.  You’ll be able to control the temperature in your home much more efficiently.

 

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Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

 

If you would like to calculate your Carbon Footprint, follow the link to the free carbon footprint calculator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.