Simple Ways to Save Energy and Money  

Going green is a great way to minimize waste, help the environment, reduce your energy bills and just live healthier

Recently our Clothes dryer went kaput. My first reaction was to replace it with the lowest priced machine I could find but my wife, who is smarter than me and definitely thriftier, convinced me that the Energy Star washer was the smart way to go and we would save the additional cost (about $200) in the long run.

Here are some other Energy Saving ideas written and shared by Gustavo Gonzalez and Rachael Carlson.

Are you ready to cut some extra costs and live more sustainably? With just a few small changes, you can make a big impact on the environment and on your energy bills. Going green is a great way to minimize waste, help the environment, reduce your energy bills and just live healthier. To start, here are a few ways you can make your home more energy efficient:

Consider Energy Star appliances.

Replacing your appliances with Energy Star certified appliances is a smart way to save money and reduce your overall energy bill. You’ll also be helping the environment since these appliances are designed to cause fewer harmful emissions. Plus, you’ll still enjoy the same great features, quality and performance you’ve come to know and expect.

Insulate your home.

According to Energy Star, homeowners can save up to $200 a year in heating and cooling costs by air sealing their homes and adding insulation. You can start by simply sealing air leaks, installing weather strips and caulking your windows. If you happen to be doing a home renovation, it might be the perfect time to add more insulation.

Install a programmable thermostat.

Programmable thermostats not only save money but relieve you of having to remember to adjust the temperature when you leave the house, go on vacation, or even go to bed at night. If you get yourself a smart thermostat, you can instantly change the temperature right on an app. These handy devices can save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs. Invest in energy efficient light bulbs. Replacing older incandescent lighting with highly efficient light bulbs or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is one of the easiest and most profitable green technology investments you can make. Although these can initially cost more than traditional bulbs, they use up to 90% less energy, saving about $55 in electricity costs over their lifetime.

Go solar.

You can make a big difference by installing solar panels. Solar power systems have decreased by nearly 70% in price over the last few years, making installation more attainable for homeowners. Plus, many states offer incentives for solar panel installation.

Plant a garden.

A fun way to go green is to plant your own garden. It’s a convenient way to save money on groceries while also enjoying the fruits of your labor. Remember, your garden doesn’t have to be big or even outdoors. From container boxes to indoor grow systems, you can easily create the garden of your dreams while minimizing your overall carbon footprint. These are just a few ways you can save more money over time, minimize waste and help the environment. As you can see, it’s really pretty easy to live more sustainably! Guest post written by: Rachael Carlson Energy Efficiency going green smart home