We all want to save money. There are, however, ways to save money as well as helping the environment. Here are 7 of my favorite and best tips for saving your “green” as well as the planets! Enjoy and pass them along to family and friends!
1- Indoor/Outdoor Clothesline – Next to the hot water heater your clothes dryer is one of your top energy wasters. If you can, buy or better yet make your own clothesline outside. You’ll pay nothing for dry clothes and they’ll smell “sunshine fresh”. In the winter or if an outdoor line isn’t a possibility then do what many people do…use that extra bedroom as a “Drying Room”. Simply find wall studs and screw in long thin c-hooks (pick them up at any hardware or dollar store) in opposite walls. Get a plastic covered metal clothesline (anything with cotton or nylon stretches too much when the weight of wet clothes is added) and run from wall to wall. Instant drying room! Keep the door open to the room so the humidity from the clothes drying will bring added moisture to your house in the winter. Moisture aides in maintaining warm temps in a home. Simply keep the door closed if you don’t want friends peeking in. I’ve done this before and love the convenience as well as the money I saved on the electric bill as well as not having to spend hard-earned money on decorating a room that never got used!
2- Location…Location – If you plan on getting a new apartment of condo, consider its location in regard to energy efficiency. Units with a southern exposure will save on heating bills . Also if you find a condo or apartment sandwiched between other units, they’ll act as insulation for yours!
3- “Vampire Energy Devices” – When we turn off the TV we assume power isn’t being consumed. WRONG! The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that a digital cable box with a DVR uses around 43 watt while turned off but in standby mode. So make a point to go through your home and unplug those electrical devices that leave some sort of light source on its display screen. You’ll be shocked at how many of these “Vampire Energy Devices” you have in your house! These devices run 24/7 year after year. Simply unplug these devices or put them on a power strip that has an on/off switch. Think of the money you’ll save!
4- Light Bulbs – You’ll save $5 for each light bulb you replace with a compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb over its lifetime.
5- Caulking – By caulking your windows and door frames each year, it’s the equivalent of closing several windows in regard to energy loss. After all, 43% of a home’s energy use goes to heating/cooling and those little cracks and openings can bring your home’s temperature down in the winter and up in the summer!
6- Tank-Less Water Heater – The average family spends 12% of its energy bill on running its hot water heater. A tank-less water heater heats the water as it’s being used. Regular hot water heaters heat the tank full of water 24hrs. every day of the year!
7- Dishwashers/Washing Machines – The largest expense of running a washing machine or dishwasher is due to the hot water used, NOT the energy needed to run the machine parts. Thus…see #5 above!