The sound of saving money on your monthly energy bill and helping the planet by conserving resources probably doesn’t sound too shabby. In a world that’s changing and aching with the growing pains of human civilization, taking care of our planet has never been more important.
But just how much effort is required, here? Making a few simple daily life changes could save you tons of money and energy, and it’s not as hard as it sounds. Practicing a lifestyle that’s healthy for both your finances and mother earth could give back to you in more ways than one. We don’t think about it, but almost every aspect of our lives has room for a positive change.
“Practicing a lifestyle that’s healthy
for both your finances and mother
earth could give back to you in
more ways than one.”
We’ve complied a bit of research and a few ideas for you here.
Your dish washer is a huge water and energy bill sucker. And while washing your dishes by hand sounds a bit backwards and time consuming, it could save you tons of money on your bill—especially if your machine is outdated. Older appliances tend to be bigger energy suckers. The health benefits of hand washing your dishes might surprise you, too!
Speaking of energy sucking appliances, consider skipping the dryer and trying a clothes line. While it’s common knowledge that allowing your clothes to dry on a line puts less strain on the fabric, it’s also a heck of a lot eco-friendlier.
Did you know, that even if your toaster isn’t actively toasting, it’s still sucking energy on your counter all night? Odds are, you leave a lot of things plugged in all day, even when they’re off. Even items like lamps and fans become energy suckers if left plugged into the wall constantly.
Smart power strips can save you energy by automatically shutting off the energy to appliances and electronics that are plugged in and turned off. That way, you don’t have to unplug all the lamps, TV’s and gaming systems in your house when they’re not in use. And as if saving you tons of energy wasn’t enough, you also have the power to turn off everything in a room at once if you want to, the convenience of the strip’s on and off buttons. (Image source:)
Change Your Filters
Always check your filters. Anything that uses one—including bathroom exhaust fans, air conditioning units and furnaces—should be checked regularly. You may find that an appliance is working twice has hard as it would ordinarily have to if it had a clean filter.
There are a few other things you may not thing about in this category, too, like dehumidifiers or air purifiers. Many appliances’ functions can be aided with just a bit of maintenance. Check out this list of filters you should be changing in your home.
Upgrade Your Appliances
If you can’t bear the thought of hand-washing dishes and clothes—can any of us? —then upgrade your appliance package. Investing in energy-saving appliances can reduce your home energy costs, being that many older appliances weren’t made to conserve energy.
Though installing new machines has a heavy upfront cost and can be uprooting at first, the every-day advantage you’ll experience with them and your monthly energy bill savings is worth it.
New thermostat technology can help you save money and energy each month by only heating or cooling your house when you’re there. By programing your thermostat to coordinate with your schedule, your home will cool off just before you get home in the summer time, and turn off when you’re not present. Likewise, you can save a lot of money on heating in the winter by allowing the thermostat to relax the temperatures of your house when no one is home.
“Making a few simple daily life changes
could save you tons of money and energy,
and it’s not as hard as it sounds.”
If you’re looking to save energy, focus on conserving water. There are many easy ways to save water every day and cut down on your bill costs. Everything from turning the sink off while you brush your teeth, to reusing your pasta cooking water, there are simple—and sometimes silly things—you can do to cut down on your water usage.
One of them is shaving outside of the shower. Looking to cut down on shower time? Grab a can of shaving creme and shave your legs before you hop in the shower, so you have less to do while the water’s running! Who knew shaving creme could save you so much money in the long run, huh?
About the Author
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!
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