No matter what financial situation you find yourself in, it’s always good to save money and energy. Here are some great cost effective ideas to help you cut expenses and help the environment.
Change Your Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs are the ultimate choice for lighting your home for a reasonable price. In fact, LED lights can last up to 20 years and save you thousands of dollars compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs.
Change Your AC Filter Every Two Months
Your home’s air filter catches the dust and micro particles so that you only breathe clean, healthy air. When the filter becomes clogged, air can’t flow freely and may cause your unit’s blower motor to overheat and burnout. A good filter will catch most of the harmful particles, saving your lungs and health. Don’t cut corners on this purchase; invest in a high quality filter.
Unplug Unnecessary Electronics
We live in a very electronic-dependent society, but did you know that there is an everyday cost we pay for this lifestyle? Electronics, even when they’re turned off, still trickle power if they’re plugged in. While you aren’t going to unplug your DVR after you use it, be sure to pull the plug on items like your hair dryer, tablet charger or electric razor.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats can regulate the temperature in your home better and more efficiently than thermostats of the past. You can also run multiple thermostats to establish zones in your home for those rooms only used at certain times of the day.
Install an Energy Efficient Shower Head
A water-efficient shower head is a cost effective way to save money on your water and electric or gas bill, and they’re simple to install on your own. Your water heater won’t have to work so hard to keep your shower hot, which means you won’t have to work so hard to pay the utility companies.
These are a few ways you can help reduce energy consumption and save money for yourself and your family. Be creative, and watch your savings grow. What are other energy saving tips that you have? What habits have you changed that have helped you save more?