Everyone wants to save money – that much is a given– and in some cases, every little bit helps. Live Urban Real Estate published an article that does just that, and more! By making just a few changes, you can save not only money, but energy as well! So without further ado, here are
8 Habits that Save Energy and Money:
1) Save $83 a year by lowering the heat 3 degrees for 9 hours a day and raising the cooling 2 degrees, saving over 1000 pounds of CO2 emissions. You can program the heating and cooling to be lower and higher while you’re away or even while you’re sleeping.
2) By lowering the temperature on your hot water heater (which is usually set higher than the recommended settings), you can save $45 and 500 pounds of CO2 emissions a year.
3) Wash your clothes in cold water rather than hot to save $42 and 488 pounds of CO2 per year.
4) Save $22 and 371 pounds of CO2 per year by filling your dishwasher and not washing anything by hand. Use the air dry, heat off or energy saver features on the appliance for extra savings.
5) Just air drying 20% of your laundry will save you $20 and 371 pounds of CO2 emissions per year. If you’re worried about stiffness, just add a half cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to reduce it.
6) Save $12 and 230 pounds of CO2 emissions by powering off your computers at night and changing the setting to sleep mode after 15 minutes. This will also save your computer from extra wear and tear.
7) By turning off your lights for 4 hours a day, you can save $8 and 455 pounds of CO2 emissions per year.
8) Save $3.50 and 115 pounds of CO2 emissions for every device you switch to a power strip. Plug the devices into the strip and turn the strip off when none of the devices are in use to save.