Install a programmable thermostat
Turning off the AC or heat when there’s no one is home is simple enough but sometimes we can forget. A programmable thermostat regulates temperature using different settings for different times of the day. Not only will this save you time and headspace, it will save you money on heating and cooling costs.
Switch out your light bulbs
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) save energy and have a longer lifespan than traditional bulbs. This quick tip will save you the money you’d normally spend replacing short lifespan bulbs and save the environment at the same time. Why wouldn’t you switch?
Prevent air leaks by weather stripping and caulking
Weather stripping your doors and caulking your windows will plug up any air leaks that would otherwise let your AC or heat escape. It keeps the cold and warm air inside and helps to maintain a healthy HVAC system by keeping it from working overtime. This is important because HVAC repairs can be expensive so anything you can do to increase longevity is good. Bonus: saving money and the planet.
Opt for energy-efficient appliances
When it’s time for a new refrigerator, choose one that’s certified by Energy Star – that means it meets the highest standard of energy efficiency available. Also, some electricity providers offer incentives to replace old appliances with sustainable ones so be sure to check on that as well.
Switch to green power
Green power is an optional utility service that helps support and expand the production and distribution of renewable energy technologies. You won’t have to change your electricity provider, you just pay a premium on your bill to cover the cost of choosing to support clean energy.
Use low or non-VOC products
Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are found in many household cleaning products. They can cause headaches, nausea, and irritation of your lungs, skin, and eyes among other things. Try to use zero or low VOC paints and cleaning products – your body and the planet will thank you.