9 Ways to Save Money by Saving Energy

Saving money doesn’t mean you’re being neglected from something valuable. Instead, saving money is strategically finding ways you can alter your spending habits, allowing your money to be used on valuable necessities.

Try these nine ways to ‘save money by saving energy’ and you will notice a difference in bank account.

  • Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher. Changing the A/C thermostat from 72 to 78 degrees can save up to 12% of your cooling costs.
  • Switch to fans when you can. Use a portable or ceiling fan instead of central A/C when you can comfortably do so.
  • Freshen A/C filters regularly. Make sure the filter in your central A/C is clean so it runs more efficiently.
  • Weatherstrip and caulk drafty doors and windows to keep conditioned air in and save up to 5% on cooling costs.
  • Power down equipment. Use power strips or unplug electronics such as DVRs, game consoles and TVs that draw power even when switched off.
  • Make the light choice. When you replace lights, choose energy-efficient products such as LEDs and CFLs.
  • Use a pool or spa cover.  Covers can reduce heat loss by up to 90%.
  • Filter your swimming pool for less when you switch to an energy-efficient, variable-speed pool pump.
  • Block direct sunlight. Close window coverings, or use solar shade screens, reflective films, awnings or trees to shade exposed windows.

Remember, you’re not taking something away from your lifestyle, rather you’re making updates. Be happy, becasue these are good updates for both your bank account and the environment.

 

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Source: SDGE

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