Conserving energy and water is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint while saving money.
The typical U.S. family spends around $2,000 a year on home utility bills. You can save up to 20% of your home energy bill simply by turning off or unplugging your computer, TV, phone charger, and other home electronics.
Start saving by figuring out how much energy you use. A great tool is the ENERGY STARR Home Energy Yardstick. Below are some Energy Saving tips.
- Seal leaks
- Add insulation
- Buy Energy Star labeled appliaces and electronics.
- Reduce energy costs if you live in an older home, manufactured home or rent.
- Save energy at work
- Buy an energy-efficient home or incorporate a renewable energy system if you are building a new home or remodeling.
Some additional energy saving tips:
- Energy Saver Guide (DOE)
- Energy-Efficient Water Heating
- Choosing A New Water Heater
- Maintaining Your Heating And Cooling Systems
- More Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Tips
The average person uses 60 gallons of water a day and wastes more than 9 gallons a day through household leaks. Use less water and save money by following these steps:
- Make every drop count by turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
- Repair leaks to reduce water use by an average of 14%.
- Make an investment in WaterSense products.
- Save water outside by planting a water smart garden and making a rain barrel.
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Use the acronym WATER to help you remember 5 simple things you can do to save water and money.