It may seem like saving money is hard to do. With the cost of living continuing to rise, many people wonder how they can save money while still maintaining their lifestyle.
There is a way to accomplish this through investing in more energy efficient means. Save money on next month's utility bills as well as reduce your carbon footprint by keeping the following five tips in mind:
- Air leaks: The drafty window in your upstairs bedroom may not seem like a big deal, but over time it can lead to a massive loss of heat or cool air, resulting in a waste of energy and money. Check windows, doors and the home's foundation for any openings.
- Check your heating and cooling system annually: Before you turn on your heat, be sure to check your entire system and ensure it is in proper working order. Research from the U.S. Department of Energy has concluded that heating and cooling your home uses the most energy out of any other system, often making up half of your monthly bills.
- Close the curtains: Keep your home cool on sunny days by closing the curtains. Likewise, keep the curtains open in the winter on sunnier days to let the heat in.
- Replace your light bulbs: If you haven't already, be sure to make the switch to LED light bulbs, which are 80 percent more efficient than regular incandescent lighting.
- Unplug it: If an appliance isn't in use, be sure to unplug it to conserve energy and save money.