While we are already two weeks into the new year, it is not too late to make resolutions for yourself to live a greener life. Make 2014 the year that you will be more aware of the substantial impact you have on the environment and the different ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. There are so many habits that individuals can incorporate into their everyday lives that won't break the bank in order to fulfill them. In fact, many of these techniques will most likely end up saving you money in the long-run. Here are two major areas where your energy efficiency can be improved:
- Around the house: Making your life greener has to start within your home. There are plenty of ways to cut down on the amount of energy that is used on a daily basis. These things can be very simple – turn off a light when you leave a room, replace your existing light bulbs with efficient CFL and LEDs, and switching your television to ambient lighting. Homeowners should turn down the thermostat in the winter months and invest in thicker drapes that can cut down on drafts.
- Transportation: A major source of an average person's energy consumption is how they get around. Instead of relying on your car to take you everywhere, switch up your routine – walk, run, ride a bike or take public transit. While this will limit the air pollution you cause, it will also cut down on your expenses. If you do this, less of your money will go towards gas, parking or tolls, giving you freedom to spend your paycheck on other things.
Having a home energy audit from Alban Inspections is also a perfect way to learn where you can increase your energy efficiency.