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With the Green Movement underway, folks are trying to run things more efficiently and effectively without leaving a large footprint on the earth.
Here’s some things you can do in your home to make it more “earth friendly” – and more budget conscience.
- Furnance filters. My builder told me to use the cheapy filters, but just to switch them out every month. This is a nominal investment for preventative maintenance on a high-cost item.
- Programmable thermostat. According to Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less, switching to a programmable one can save you about $150 a year.
- Energy audit. Call up your local utility company. They’ll likely come out for free and access your energy consumption. They’ll probably give you some great money-saving tips. Don’t forget to ask them about any off-peak usage specials.
- Running your dishwasher. According to Stacy Johnson (Life or Debt 2010) you can save up to $50 a year by running the dishwasher only once a week. Or, save more and go old school by hand-drying!
- Ceiling fans. Running these will save you more than switching on the AC.
- Drapes. “In the winter, open your south-facing drapes during the day to capture heat, then close them at night to keep it in. Do the opposite in the summer,” says Johnson.
- Watering. Ever notice when the golf courses water their grass? Best to do it between the early morning hours. It will minimize evaporation.