This week we went over the different ways to conserve energy using sunlight and rainwater, but if growing your own food and catching rain isn’t fitting for your lifestyle there are plenty of other things you can do to cut down on energy bills!
- A quick fix that will save you money for years to come is swapping our your light bulbs! Switching from regular bulbs to LED bulbs can save you up to $1,000.00 in a 10 year span. By using a semiconductor to convert electricity into light LED light bulbs work 90% more efficiently than regular incandescent bulbs!
- Unplug your appliances! Did you know that your appliances still use electricity even when not in use? That means the iphone charger plugged in next to your nightstand is still using electricity even when your phone isn’t plugged in. In retrospect it doesn’t seem like a big deal but when you have several appliances (toaster, coffee maker, etc.) plugged in and not in use this can add up to an extra $100-$200 a year in unused energy.
- Washing your clothing in cold water can be a huge game changer for not only your clothes but your energy bills. While washing your clothes in cold water can help preserve the color and size of fabric, 90% of the energy your washing machine uses is just for heating up the water! Cold Water Saves does an excellent job of breaking down laundry loads and energy pricing here, washing in hot water costs around $0.68/load whereas washing in cold water costs $0.04/load.
- Change your air conditioning filter monthly. As your AC gets dirtier over time it can make it more difficult for it to pump out air, which can even cause it to break down quicker. As a result you could save up to 15% on your utility bills.