Take Shorter Showers. Along with a low-flow shower head, take shorter showers. I know, I know – everyone likes a nice hot shower. But it wastes a lot of water and increases your hot water bill!
Shut The Damper On Your Fireplace. If you don’t use your fireplace, make sure the damper is shut, especially in winter. If not, all the heat from your HVAC system goes right up the chimney, costing you a ton more than necessary to keep your house warm.
Unplug Appliances When Not In Use. Even better, put every electronic device in your home on a power strip. That way, you can turn them all off at once and save yourself from paying for “vampire” energy. All those items in your home that have “standby” mode use energy even when they are off; so make sure the power to them is cut entirely to save yourself some money.
Turn Off Your Car When Idling. If you are idling for more than 30 seconds, turn the car off. Modern cars are OK with it, I promise.
Use A Push Lawnmower. While it’s winter here, I do plan on getting another push mower at the house I am renting. While it may not be feasible for a large lawn, if you only have a small plot of grass why pay for a gas mower and emit all those pollutants? A traditional gas powered lawn mower produces as much air pollution as 43 new cars each being driven 12,000 miles!
Start Using Online Banking. This costs you nothing at most banks, but eliminates the need for stamps, envelopes, and mail coming to your house. Plus, it makes life easier having everything on auto-pilot. It’s going green without spending a dime!
Turn Your Water Heater Down To 120 Degrees. There is no need to keep your water heater temperature above 120 degrees, so keeping it at this level saves you money on your bill. Don’t turn it lower than that, though, as it needs to be 120 to keep bacteria from growing in your tank.
Use Washable Food Containers Instead Of Plastic Bags. Reusable glass or stainless steel containers can be used forever – plastic bags cannot. So invest in a few of these and stop using disposable plastic to store your leftovers in.
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