Going Green

Going green isn’t just good for the environment but can save you money as well.

Turning down your heat when possible is a good start.

Lowering your thermostat a few degrees can translate into noticeable savings on your energy bill. You can save as low as 1% for every degree that you lower your thermostat to for every eight hours. Replacing your filter every three to four months can save you 5% of your heating cost. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Lowering the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees should provide all the hot water you need while reducing your energy bill. This also will slow down the mineral buildup and corrosion in your water heater and pipes. Insulating the hot water heater and first 6 feet of hot and cold-water pipes will allow hot water to get to you faster meaning you will waste less water waiting for the tap to warm up, saving you money. Using the cold water setting more often instead of the warm or hot setting will make a difference in energy usage, while still getting your clothes clean. Showering accounts for 20% of household water usage. Installing low-flow shower heads, faucets, and toilets can decrease water consumption by 30% or more, reducing the need for your water heater and saving energy. Check for dripping faucets and leaks. One drop of water per second doesn’t seem like much but overtime it can add up to 3,000 gallons in one year which is enough to take more than 180 showers. Taking these steps will help you go green this year, lower your monthly energy bill, and put more money in your pocket.

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