In an age where prices are continually on the rise, it’s important to save money anywhere you can. A great place to start is by improving your energy-efficiency. The less energy you use, the more money you can save. You may be wary that going green could cost you a fortune. However, there are a number of no-cost solutions that could save you money each month on your energy bill.
Many electronic devices continue to use energy even when they are turned off. This is called vampire energy. Things such as your TV, coffeemaker, computer or DVD player may be wasting energy when they are not in use. The best way to ensure that they are really off is to unplug them. You may consider plugging all your devices into a power strip, so you can simply switch it off or unplug just the one cord. They also make powerbars that automatically shut off during the night, or whatever hours you set it at while saving 2 or 3 spots for “always on” in case you don’t want to keep setting the time on the microwave or something.
Turn off the lights
This tip may seem fairly obvious, but it is also important. If you are not using a light, turn it off. If you spend $1 a day on lighting costs, that would be $30 per month or $365 per year! Isn’t that money you would rather keep in your bank? You can also get those energy efficient bulbs but they are pretty expensive. I don’t care for them because I haven’t found one that gives off a nice yellow light, instead the light is white and it makes you feel like you’re in an office. Continue Reading →