Being a broke college student, I cringe when opening my electric bill. Unfortunately, I know my lack of enthusiasm will only continue to decrease as I get older. Luckily, there are several things that can be done to turn my cringe into just a slight frown. Here is a list of energy saving tips that allow you to fatten your wallet and go green at the same time:
1.) Change it. Energy saving light bulbs came out years ago, but many people have failed to catch on. Not only are these fluorescent lights more energy efficient, but they last longer as well. Although they are a little more pricey than regular incandescent bulbs, the fact that they have a longer life and are more beneficial for the environment, definitely makes up for the difference.
2.) Turn it. You can change all of your light bulbs, but if you don’t turn off the lights when you leave, you aren’t going to be able to make as much of a difference in your monthly bill. When you leave a room, turn the lights out, even if you think that you’ll be back in a few minutes, because odds are, you’ll get side tracked and you won’t.
3.) Unplug it. When you’re done with your toaster, unplug it. Leaving something plugged in when you’re not using it is still racking up your electricity costs. An easy tip is to keep things on a power strip so that you can just flip off the switch when you’re done or only have to unplug the strip.
4.) Fix it. Make sure that you don’t have gaps in your windows or doors. Caulking these gaps is a quick fix to air seeping in.
Use these simple steps to help with a greener environment and a healthier bank account!