Going green is both beneficial for the environment and you and can save you money overall. Turning down your heat when possible is an intelligent choice to start going green. 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 that the system is running. Replacing your filter every 3-4 months can save you 5% of your heating cost. This is because dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Lowering the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees should supply all the hot water you need while reducing your energy bill. This also will slow down the mineral buildup and corrosion in your water furnace and pipes. Insulating the hot water furnace and the first 6 feet of hot and cold-water pipes will allow hot water to get to you faster resulting in less water waste while waiting for the tap to warm up. 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 in the process. Showering accounts for 20% of household water usage, so installing low-flow shower heads, faucets, & toilets can decrease water consumption by 30% or more and reducing the need for your water heater and saving energy. Check for dripping faucets & leaks. One drop of water per hour doesn’t seem like that much but over time it can add up to 3,000 gallons in a single year which is enough to take more than 173 showers. Taking these steps will help you go green this year, lower your yearly energy bill, all while putting more money in your pocket.