Going “green” isn’t just for those who want to save the environment, it’s for those who want to save money on their family’s utility bills.
What are the first steps in going green? One of the first steps should be to perform an energy audit. This audit will let you know where your home may be “leaking” energy and help to pinpoint areas to improve them.
Here are some areas in which you may be able to go green:
- Did you know that more than 10% of the energy your home uses is in the form of your hot water? Whether it’s for showering, washing dishes or laundry, you may be able to turn down the temperature settings to save money. Washing your clothes in cold water rather than hot or warm could be a money-saver.
- The debate still rages, but you may want to consider unplugging appliances and electronics when they’re not in use. If you’re leaving for vacation or you simply aren’t going to be using an item for a while, consider unplugging. Some devices use energy just because they are connected to an electrical outlet.
- Turn off the water when you’re not using it, for example, when you’re brushing your teeth.
- Adjust your automatic watering schedule. If it rained during the night, there is no need to water in the morning. Keeping an eye on the weather so you can adjust your schedule accordingly will help you save.
Look around your house and see what steps you could take today to save money on your utility bills and help your house to go green!