If you are a renter or simply don’t have a penny to spare to switch to green energy alternatives, you can still go green with energy. Even if your electric company gets all its power from petroleum products and you have to use natural gas to heat your home, you can still save money and help the environment. Read on to find out how.
Save water and the energy it takes to heat it by using a water saving shower head and making sure to time your showers. If you are standing around relaxing in the shower, you’re pouring money and energy down the drain. Limit your shower time to just long enough to get clean. If you take baths, rather than lounging about, simply run a shallow tub, wash up and get out. You will save a great deal of money, water and energy by doing this and help the environment in the process.
Run a clothesline in your yard or on your patio/balcony or above your bathtub and air dry as much of your laundry as you can. For things that must be dried in the drier, don’t overdo it. When you over dry your cloth, it weakens the fibers, so if you just dry your clothes to the point of being lightly damp and then hang them to air dry the rest of the way, you will save money and energy and you will be able to use your clothing, linens and so forth much longer.
Be sure to wash your clothes in cold water. You’ll be surprised by how clean they turn out. Always wait to wash your clothes until you have a full load. It takes just as much energy to run a small load as a full load, so make the most of the energy you use to wash your clothes. Please note that this is also true of your dishwasher. Don’t run it after every meal or even once a day if it isn’t full. Wait until it’s full and then run it.
Be sure to turn off lights, TV, radio, computers and so on when not in use. This will save you a lot of money. You can buy power strips to plug these items into and just flip the switch to shut everything off when you’re not using them. This is fast, easy and smart. Additionally, use energy saving fluorescent light bulbs instead of obsolete incandescent ones. These types of bulbs not only save energy, they are also safer because they burn cooler.
Be sure to clean the lint and dirt out of your dryer filter, the coils on the back of your refrigerator, your central heat and air filters and/or the filters on any window air conditioners you may have. When these areas become clogged with dust, lint and debris it causes the appliance or system to work harder. This takes more energy which you must pay for. Keeping your electrical appliances and systems clean saves money and energy and benefit’s the environment.
Make use of passive solar energy during cold weather. Let the sunshine come in and warm your home. Conversely, be sure to use good thermal drapes to keep the heat out during the hot months. By paying close attention to the effects of the sun on your home, you can save money on energy year round.
In our consumer society, we are often encouraged to use with wild abandon, but the fact is, these thrifty tips that have actually been around for a very long time have helped generations of penny-wise people save money. The fact that they also save energy and benefit the environment is a happy side-effect. Follow the tips presented here to be a good steward of our natural resources and have a little extra money in your pocket.