We all want to save money
anyway we can & certainly help the environment
too, so here are a few ways we can & things I have already done to cut my electric bill:
Install the little spiral-shaped bulbs known as compact fluorescents, theyÂ use less than a third of the energy of regular bulbsÂ & last ten times longer, paying for themselves in lower energy bills within months. If every U.S. household replaced just one regular bulb with a CFL, the amount of energy saved could light 2.5 million homes for a year. I have switched all my light bulbs to these & it definitely makes a big difference.Â Upgrade to Energy Star appliances if possible. I have an HE energy star Washer & Dryer which I love. I am able to wash & dry larger loads of clothes which uses less water & of course electricity. I also wash everything in cold water too.
Installing a programmable thermostat will save you approximately $150 a year, according to the EPA -- that means it will pay for itself in just a few months.Â Â
I found this interesting stat:Â Â In colder weather, for every degree you lower the thermostat, you'll save between 1 and 3% of your heating bill.
Then you have the little things: Always unplug your computer, coffee pot, cell phone charger, blow dryer, etc.Â I never thought about unplugging these items until I watched a TV show about going green. How many of us grab our cell phones in the morning & still leave the charger plugged in & of course leave our computers plugged in 24/7, I was onceÂ guilty of that - No more.
Especially after I saw how much we can save yearly just by unplugging these items.
There is also a Energy Tax Credit available up to $1500(you should consult a tax professional with specific questions).
The credit applies to improvements such as adding insulation, energy efficient exterior windows and energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems.Â
Check out ENERGY STARÂ® website for more info.
The Dina Lombardo & Kathie Patrick Team
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