Going green isn’t just nice for the environment, but it can save you money as well! Turning down your heat whenever possible is a nice 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 8 hours. Replacing your filter every 3 to 4 months can save you 5% of your heating costs. Dirty filters restrict airflow plus increase energy use. Lowering the temperature on your furnace to 120 degrees should supply all the heated water you need while reducing your energy bill. This also will slow down the mineral buildup along with the corrosion in your water furnace and pipes. Insulating the hot water furnace by wrapping the first 6 feet of hot and cold-water pipes will allow heated water to get to you faster,which means you will waste less water waiting for the tap to heat up, saving you money. Using the cold water setting more often instead of the hot water setting will make a difference in energy usage as well, while still getting your clothes clean. Showering accounts for 20% of household water usage. Installing low-flow shower heads, faucets, and also toilets can decrease water consumption by 30% or more, reducing the need for your water furnace, saving energy. You should check for dripping faucets and leaks. One drop of water per minute doesn’t seem like much, but over time it can add up to 3,000 gallons in 1 year. This adds up to be enough to take more than 174 showers total. Taking these steps will help you go green this year, lower your annual energy bill, and put more money in your pocket.