Install programmable thermostats
The idea is simple: turning off the AC/heat when no one is home. But the execution can be lacking. It’s easy to forget little tasks like this when you have other things on your mind. But with a programmable thermostat, you can regulate your home’s temperature through settings for certain times of the day. It will also save you money because you’ll save on heating and cooling costs.
Replace your light bulbs
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) help save energy and have a longer lifespan than traditional bulbs. So you end up saving money, not wasting light bulbs that have short life spans and helping the environment.
Prevent air leaks
Save some money by weather stripping around your doors and caulking around your windows to plug air leaks. Keeping the cold and warm air from escaping helps maintain your HVAC system from having to work overtime to maintain the indoor temperature.
Choose energy-efficient appliances
When its time to swap out your refrigerator, choose one that’s certified by Energy Star. This means it meets a high level of energy efficiency. Also, check with your electricity provider to see if it offers incentives for replacing old appliances with more efficient ones.
Reduce water use
Install aerators on your faucets and switch to low-flow showerheads. Choose native plants for your landscaping because they require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
Switch to green power
Green power is an optional utility service that helps support and expand the production and distribution of renewable energy technologies. You won’t have to change your electricity provider, you just pay a premium on your electricity bill to cover the extra cost of purchasing clean, sustainable energy.
Use no-VOC products
Volatile organic compounds or VOCs can cause headaches, nausea, and irritation of your lungs, skin, and eyes among other things. Try to use no VOC paints and cleaning products – your body will thank you.