Appliances, phone chargers, computers and other household electronics suck up
energy from sockets, even if they’re not in use. Take a second to unplug them
when you’re done with them -- you’ll be amazed at how much money you save on
your next energy bill!
Warm air leaking into your home in the warmer months -- and out of your home in
the cooler months -- can wreak havoc on your energy bill. Start by caulking
and weather-stripping doors and windows that leak air. You can also look into
investing in storm windows, which can save you even more money on your bills.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, use less
energy and last six to 12 times longer than incandescent bulbs. They’re pricier
than old bulbs at checkout, but the energy savings add up quickly.
Turn down thermostats or turn off the A/C when you
leave the house. No reason to cool or heat an empty home! The difference will
be evident on your next energy bill.
When you can, ditch your car to give the earth and
your figure some help. Walk, run, rollerblade, ride a bicycle or take public
transportation -- there are many creative ways to support the environment on
your way to wherever you’re going. And when a car really is the best way to go,
try starting a carpool.