Cutting Costs Not Trees: 6 Ways to Go Green and Save Energy
Between the tough economic times and the concern over global climate change, there hasn’t been a better time to make green changes around your home. Cutting back on your energy consumption in particular is a great way to save money and reduce your green house gas emissions. Let’s take a look at six simple ways to Go Green and Save Energy: cut your energy consumption and save money.
Switch to Compact Florescent Light Bulbs
Switching a single 75-Watt incandescent light bulb for a 25-Watt compact fluorescent bulb (or CFL) can save you $83 over the life of the bulb. CFLs are able to save you money because, unlike incandescent bulbs, most of their energy goes to producing light (rather than heat like incandescents). Because they’re so much more efficient, CFLs use 75 percent less energy than incandescents and last ten times longer. This makes switching to CFLs the single quickest and easiest way to save money on your energy bill.BUY LED BULBS HERE
Unplug Your Appliances to Go Green and Save Energy
Did you know that simply unplugging your appliances could save you up to $200 per year? According to How Stuff Works, 25 percent of the energy used by your home electronics is consumed while the appliance is in the “off” position. This phenomenon is known as “vampire power” or “phantom power” and can be prevented by unplugging the appliance or gadget. But, how do you know what to unplug? Anything with a glowing LED light is definitely still using energy. TVs, printers, computers, and chargers are some of the worst offenders, but if you really want to be safe plug everything into a power strip. That way, when something isn’t in use, you can just turn off the power strip.
Adjust Your Thermostat
According to energy.gov, you can save 1 percent on your annual heating bill for every degree you turn your thermostat down at night. So, if you normally set the thermostat to 70, turning it down to 60 during the night when you’re asleep will save you 10 percent on your heating bill. Of course, with a manual thermostat this would mean you’ll wake up to a 60 degree home every morning — a chilly prospect. Don’t let that stop you, though. Invest in a smart thermostat and you’ll be able to set it to turn down the heat at night and then warm the house back up an hour or so before you wake up. NEST
Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water
Unless you’re trying to get a stain out of your clothes, washing them all in cold water will get them just as clean and will save you a bunch of money. World Watch estimates that as much as 85 percent of the electricity your washer uses goes into heating the water. As an added bonus, washing everything in cold water means that you no longer have to separate out the colors.
Then Hang Them Out to Dry
Hanging your clothes out to dry instead of using a dryer could save your 5-10 percent on your annual electrical bill. If you have a yard, invest in a clothes line to save money; sun-dried clothes smell fantastic. Or, if you don’t have a yard, invest in a drying rack. Drying racks are fairly cheap and extremely space efficient, making them the perfect way to go green in a small house or apartment.
Use Energy Star Appliances
The next time you need to replace an appliance, look for one with the Energy Star label. Sponsored by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Star program rates appliances for their efficiency and only the best receive the Energy Star label. Additionally, when you buy an appliance with the Energy Star label, check to see if you’re eligible for a tax credit. To make more energy saving choices, like picking out the perfect appliance for your apartment or home, visit saveonenergy.com.
As you can see, there are many ways to save money by going green. These six ways will get you off to a good start, but there’s always more you can do. If you’re really interested, get an energy audit to find out exactly where you’re using the most energy and then go from there. Good luck and remember Go Green and Save Energy!
Energizer Battery ChargerEnergizer Battery Charger
Parents with small children may know that the amount of battery powered devices in their lives grows exponentially with the birth of their first child. Last year we bought Energizer’s battery charger to handle the AA batteries from our son’s music box, the C batteries from his music table, the D batteries from his swing, and AAA batteries for assorted other devices. In the past we purchased a AA charger, but had limited success and were reluctant to spend $30 on a charger, plus a premium for rechargeable batteries. Click here for the entire rechargeable line from Energizer.
To ensure that we would use it enough, we purchased a charger that could handle all four types of mentioned previously batteries. The only style we have in the house that does not fit are 9 volt batteries. The other day I charged one set of batteries (4 C batteries) for the fourth time in a year. The start-up cost of the charger and batteries ($11.95 for two C batteries) is high when compared to a 12 pack of conventional C batteries for the same price. [medium_ad_left]However, because the device can charge five different types of batteries, and up to four at a time, we been able to justify the upfront expense. I have not sat down to calculate the total return on our investment. (What I can say is that we have not recovered the cost on all the batteries to this point, let alone the charger. However, we have only had it for one year and the batteries seem to be charging completely, i.e. no loss of capacity). The high cost of larger batteries (C and D) makes the charger a worthwhile investment. Without these larger, more expensive batteries it may not be worth the cost of the charger. The first unit I purchased from Energizer, which only charged AA and AAA batteries, does not make sense from a flexibility standpoint. In addition, it did not seem to work well. I don’t think the batteries were ever fully charged. However, the family charger (as mentioned below) includes an LCD screen indicating the state of the charge. When buying a charger, definitely consider one that can charge several types of batteries.
Here are the features of the charger according to Energizer’s website:
- Charges up to 8 AA, 8 AAA, 4C, 4D or 2 9V NiMH rechargeable batteries
- Super safe – will only begin charging when the lid is closed
- Easy-to-read LCD screen shows the charging status of the batteries inside
- ENERGY STAR certified