Save Money AND Energy This Fall
1. Layer Up
Ok, so maybe this is an obvious one. But rather than turning up your thermostat a few more degrees, try layering up with a sweater or blanket instead. It’s not only super cozy but the less energy you use, the more your environment will thank you. And by keeping your thermostat down by even one degree, you could save anywhere between 1-3% of your electric bill. That adds up quick!
2. Unplug Everything You’re Not Using
It’s probably not new information that you should turn off the lights in a room when you leave, but what about unplugging electronics that aren’t being used? Even if something isn’t actively in use, if it’s plugged in, it’s still using energy. Only plugging things in when you’re using them (such as phone chargers, TVs, or even microwaves) could save you up to 10% on your electric bill!
3. Make Sure All Windows and Doors are Properly Sealed
Double checking doors and windows to ensure they shut properly and fit tightly in their frames is a surefire way to keep the cold out and the cozy in. Feel around the frames for any draft, and always be sure to shut them tightly behind you! If your window panes aren’t properly sealed, there are many cheap fixes for that at your local hardware store, and the small cost up front could save you quite a bit. Studies show that if you added up all of the small leaks and gaps, it’d be the equivalent of having a window open every single day of the year!
4. Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water
Opting for the cold cycle will still get your clothes clean, but it can also save you an average of $115 a year! Shorter cycle times can also save you a significant sum, and also helps reduce your water consumption as well. This is one of the simplest ways to preserve resources— all you have to do is push a button!
5. Take Quicker Showers
A 10-minute shower uses approximately 25 gallons of water as opposed to the ~35-50 gallons used when running a bath or taking a longer shower. That adds up quickly! Being conscious of your shower time can help save on water, electricity, and leaves you with more money in your pocket. Besides, cutting down your shower time could help you afford those 5 extra minutes in bed in the morning as well.
This Earth is the only one we’ve got, so it’s up to us to all do our part and preserve it the best we can! Research shows that at the rate we are consuming, we are using 3x more than what is sustainable. To learn more about other ways you can help, you can read up here. Every little bit counts!