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Saving Energy Will Save You Money

Saving energy and being green saves you money. Whether it is a business or a household, being more eco-friendly will save you money. If you have been reading our magazine for a while, you would know that this is true. We have featured several stories about how saving the planet can save you money. We have also received many stories of real people trying out green practices and confirming that they are saving money they didn’t think was possible. To share your story, visit the CONTRIBUTE page.

So, let’s have a quick look at how saving the planet can also save you money.

Lower energy bill – If you are saving on energy costs, you are saving money. That seems quite simple and common sense. If you take steps to better insulate your home, use fewer appliances, reduce the use of heating and cooling systems, and other such practices, you automatically save money.

Lower water bill – If you use less water, the water supply in the world remains steady. If you shower instead of taking a bath and use less water around the garden and home, you save water and you save money. Are you starting to see the trend yet?

Lower energy bill – Yes, we know we mentioned this one already, but we need to do so again. If you make use of renewable energy sources like solar power or wind turbines, you will have lower energy costs. You will not be using fossil fuel powered energy and the planet will be very grateful. The initial costs of installing these renewable energy sources may be a bit expensive, but the amount of money you will save in the long run more than makes up for it.

Beautiful surroundings – By planting trees, you are not only increasing the number of trees that can absorb carbon dioxide, but you are also creating beautiful surroundings. Trees are beautiful and refreshing and pretty to look at. They are also home to small animals and birds which further promotes a healthy planet.

Eating better – Eating only organic food and food that are not packaged, is healthy for you and the environment. Food that is fresh and not packaged tend to be cheaper as well. Plastic and other packaging are not good for the environment and the less you use and the less waste you create, the healthier you and the planet will be. Also, eating less meat will reduce the demand for livestock which will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases during raising.

Better driving – By driving a more fuel-efficient car, you will save on gas costs. Even better, if you use your car less, you will save even more on gas costs and you will likely get a bit of exercise and fresh air which is very good for the body and the mind. So, you will reduce your emission of greenhouse gases and improve your health.

It should be clear that saving the planet is not expensive for the individual. In fact, it will save you money. That money you save can then be donated to organizations that work to reverse the effects of our irresponsible living and to help protect nature and the animals.

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Infographic by: energy.gov
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4 General Tips for Saving Energy

Saving energy is half the battle won when it comes to protecting the environment and reducing our carbon footprints. There are many things that you can do at home and at work to save energy and do your part for the environment. The good news about going green is that you will also be saving yourself some money.

The tips can be utilized by individuals, communities, businesses, or any other group or organization.

  1. Use less electricity. Electricity is still mainly supplied by burning fossil fuels. There are some cities and countries that have successfully implemented alternative energy sources, but many places are still relying on fossil fuels for energy. You can use less energy or electricity by switching off lights and appliances that are not in use. Unplug appliances that are not being used. You can also save on energy by using natural light and warmth for longer. This will reduce the need for using your heating and cooling systems for long periods. Instead of using heaters, cuddle up under a blanket and dress warmly. We’re sure you get the idea and can figure out other ways how you can save energy in your home or business.
  2. Use less water. Only wash clothes or dishes when you have a full load. This will reduce the number of times you need to run the washer and it will ensure efficient use of water. Let the dishes air dry instead of using the washer’s dry cycle to save on energy. Take short showers instead of baths. This will reduce the loss of too much warm water and your water heater working overtime.
  3. Use Energy Star products. Energy Star approved products are products that have been proven to be eco-friendly and will help save the environment, make your home more green, and save you money in the long run. You can find many different types of appliances and equipment with Energy Star approval.
  4. Fix problems. Leaky faucets or pipes, cracks in windows and doors, and poor insulation can all cause an increase in water and energy use. To make sure this doesn’t happen, check all your door and window frames and seal them well if needed. A lot of a home’s heat can get out through those cracks. Leaky faucets and toilets can add quite a big number to your water bill. Fix these issues as soon as you notice them to avoid unexpected and unwanted water bills.

These are only four very simple tips, but it will already make a huge difference. A simple change in our thinking and behavior can make a big difference. So, have a look at where you can save energy in your home and business and also look at ways that you can make a difference in your community’s energy use. Together, you can make a change.