Go Green at Home and Save!
"Money is essential right now," Simran says. "We can make small changes in our lives that make good common sense. This isn't about green as some fancy trend—this is about green as a really common sense way to live." Saving money using LED bulbs.
LED bulbs will be hitting shelves shortly at $40 each. Though expensive, Simran says they'll burn bright for 10 years! "They'll last 25 times longer than an incandescent traditional bulb," she says. "They will save you $740 over the life of the bulb." Which type of light bulb lasts 10 times longer than a regular bulb?
They do contain mercury, so Simran says it's important to dispose of them correctly. Contact your local municipality to find a program in your area. Simran says many big-box stores also have takeback programs. Find out how much money you can save using a programmable thermostat.
If you're torn between a plasma and an LCD, you should know that a 32-inch LCD costs $34 a year in energy, whereas a 42-inch plasma will run you about $70 a year. "And an Energy Star TV is going to be about 30 percent more energy efficient," she says. Get plugged in!
This will reduce the amount of water that comes out of your faucet, but Simran says it won't reduce the pressure. "[You can] save 1 to 5 gallons of water by putting something like this into your water faucet," she says. "Thirty-six states are going to face water shortages over the next five years. We've got to start conserving our water." What a water pitcher can do.
Can't afford to replace your appliances? There are other ways to save water and energy. "When it comes to the dishwasher, don't use it to dry the dishes. Use it to wash the dishes," Simran says. "You don't need to prerinse anymore. They're really efficient now. That will save you $20 of water per cycle [per year]." Using cloth dishtowels.
Simran says this can save you up to $600 a year.
Turning down the temperature of your water heater.
Want to save even more? Wrap an insulation blanket around the water heater. "This will be a small investment that will pay off for the long run," she says.
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