Making environmentally friendly choices doesn’t just help the planet, it can also help your bottom line. In honor of Earth Day, check out some of our favorite eco-friendly savings tips.
Replace Your Appliances
Newer, energy-efficient appliances need less electricity to work than older models. While you may think it might make sense to keep using something until it breaks, the cost of replacing something can sometimes be more than the cost of a new appliance.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), efficient appliances use 10%-50% less energy and water than standard models. Even installing ceiling fans and tankless water heaters can reduce your energy consumption. Take a look at what appliances you can replace, and you’ll save on water and heating costs, as well as potential repairs down the road.
Run Appliances with Cold Water
Running your dishwasher and washing machine with cold instead of hot or warm water could save you hundreds on energy bills. Washing clothes with cold water once a week can reduce a household’s emissions by over 70 pounds annually, according to the Center for Sustainable Systems. In addition to using cold water, make sure you’re making the most of each load and not running it for small jobs. You may also want to invest in a drying rack to cut down on the energy costs of using your dryer, and skip the dry cycle of your dishwasher. (Simply open the door to air dry instead!)
Use LED Lightbulbs
According to the Consumer Federation of America, households can save $75 on energy costs a year by swapping out just five of their most frequently used bulbs with Energy Star-certified LED lightbulbs. They also last up to 25 times longer and consume up to 90% less electricity than incandescent bulbs.
Swap Out Single-Use Products
Instead of buying paper towels in bulk, use cloths, rags and sponges to clean up. Removing makeup every night with a facial wipe? Invest in a washcloth instead. Certain stores also now allow you to fill up on food and other supplies in bulk when you bring in your own container, rather than buying multiple packaged products.
Cut Down on Plastic
The easiest switch you can make away from single-use products? Replacing plastic water bottles with reusable ones. Not only can you do this with water, you can also bring your own mug into many coffee shops, and they’ll fill it up with your favorite beverage – you may even get a discount!
Use the Weather to Your Advantage
Take advantage of the sun on winter days by opening curtains and shades to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. On hot, summer days, keep your blinds and shades closed during the day to prevent warm air from building up in your home.
Every little change for the better makes a difference! Start today, and watch your savings grow!