“When it comes to saving energy at home, a lot of us think we need to undertake major renovations or completely replace inefficient appliances to really make a difference. Costly measures like buying new windows or new energy-efficient refrigerators come to mind.
Actually, though, there are a number of very small steps you can take to help reduce your energy and water use while helping you save money, too. None of these steps require that you buy a new appliance or invest thousands in home renovations.”
I learned new things from this article so of course, I want to share. :) My favorite suggestions:
“Hang Curtains. In particular, we’re talking about blackout and thermal curtains which can help insulate your house in winter and cool it in the summer. They also provide sound and light insulation.
Turn your refrigerator down. Refrigerators account for about 20% of household electricity use. Use a thermometer to set your refrigerator temperature as close to 37 degrees and your freezer as close to 3 degrees as possible. Make sure that its energy saver switch is turned on. Also, check the gaskets around your refrigerator/freezer doors to make sure they are clean and sealed tightly.
Wash your clothes in cold water. Cold water and soap will effectively clean your clothes. Even simply setting your clothes washer on a “warm” setting instead of “hot will save nearly 500 pounds of CO2 per year if you have an electric water heater, or 150 pounds for a gas heater.”