Save BIG with these Tricks to Save Energy
Are you ready to save energy while helping the environment and your wallet?
It’s easy to get bent out of shape about bills. You work hard just to see so much of your income go to living expenses. But have you ever stopped to think how your habits affect your bills?
You don’t have to uproot your whole life to save energy. In fact, by making some small changes to your lifestyle, you can save money and help the environment. There are many tips and tricks out there to help you stop wasting energy and start saving more money. Here are our top five:
1. Use smart power strips.
Also referred to as advanced power strips, these smart energy savers can combat the issue of electricity that’s used even when electronics are turned off or in standby mode. Essentially, the smart power strips shut off the power to electronics when they’re not being used. This can save you up to $200 per year!
2. Switch to energy-saving LED light bulbs.
Switching to LED bulbs can be a game changer for saving money and energy. LED bulbs have come a long way, too! You no longer have to subject yourself to the look of a harsh light, because there are many warmer options now to light and accent your home. By making the switch, you can save up to 80 percent off your lighting costs!
3. Install a smart thermostat.
A smart thermostat is another game changer to help you save money. It can be set automatically to turn off or reduce heating and cooling. You can even access it from your phone! If you purchase the Nest Thermostat, for instance, you can save an estimated 10 to 12 percent on heating and an estimated 15 percent on cooling, which, based on typical energy costs, is between $131 and $145 a year, according to Nest.
4. Use energy efficient appliances.
Did you know appliances can account for around 20-35 percent of your total household energy use? From your refrigerator to your washing machine and dryer, it’s time you made the swap to Energy Star-certified appliances. For instance, replacing a 1980s model refrigerator with LG’s smart WiFi enabled French door refrigerator, can save you $100 a year in total energy costs. Meanwhile, replacing a pre-1994 washing machine with an Energy Star model can save you $110 a year.
5. Winterize your windows.
You’re going to want to stay warm during the winter months, of course. To do so without breaking the bank, replace your screens with storm windows. This provides an extra barrier to the cold outside air. Doing this, along with caulking and weather-stripping around windows and doors that leak air, will lower your heating costs significantly. If replacing windows, using Energy Star certified models designed for your area can save you $100 to $500 per year on energy costs!