And save money in the New Year
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to find ways make my home greener and lower my carbon footprint…
- Install a programmable thermostat – Dialing down your thermostat by 10° to 15° for 8 hours, can potentially save you 5% to 15% a year in heating costs – as reported by the U.S Department of Energy.
- Use the wind to cool your home – Let’s look at some math on staying cooler this coming summer: An air conditioner costs roughly 14¢ an hour to run. A larger central-air system can cost about 36¢ an hour. If you run a ceiling fan instead, the cost is only about 1¢ for every three hours it’s on.
- Weatherize your home – Sealing up your home properly makes a difference. Just insulating your attic can save you 10 to 50% on your heating bill.
- Convert from incandescent lights to LED – This simple task of changing over to LED can save you up to $3,260 over 23 years, especially as the costs of LED has gone significantly down in a couple of years.
- Replace inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR®models – If your appliances are more than 15 years old – it might make sense to replace them with ENERGY STAR® These models can cost more up front, but they often pay for themselves in a short time. These appliances often use 10 to 50% less energy than older models.
- Wash your dishes and cloths less often – Now, I am not proposing that you wear dirty cloths or not wash your dishes – but be sure to run these appliances with full loads. If you fit as many dishes in your dishwasher as possible you will potentially save about $40 a year, and additionally, save the earth 100 pounds of carbon dioxide.
- Use LED Holiday Lights – Did you know that Christmas lights that use incandescent lights use a lot of electricity – each string of 100 lights can use up to 45 watts of power. A string of 200 LED lights uses only about 12 watts of power.
- Get an energy audit – In Massachusetts, you can get a free energy audit from Mass Save – where you will learn about your home’s current energy use. You will also get a custom list of energy-saving recommendations for your home.
- Choose your energy provider, it’s your choice – States across the country have deregulated electricity, giving you the ability to choose your provider – which allow you to choose more green energy and save money.
- Install Solar on your roof – Current federal tax credits and leasing programs have now made it possible for almost everyone with a good roof to have solar installed.
Going green is important to me, especially when I think of my children:
Please share with me how you are going green this year:
By day, Rachelle, working mother of two, serves as an education advocate and career advisor for MassEdCO. By night, Rachelle provided career consulting and works to promote green energy. When Rachelle is not writing her blog, advising her students, or coaching her clients, she enjoys camping and going to the theater with her two children.