This Sunday, we celebrate our planet with Earth Day. Respecting our planet means doing all that we can to shrink our environmental footprint, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend thousands on roof solar panels.
In fact, doing your part to help the environment can start right at home and for cheap! Here are a few steps you can take to help out the environment (and also save some on your energy bill) at home.
1. Turning off your thermostat
Turning your thermostat off or down a few degrees when you leave for work can add up to really save some energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lowering your thermostat by 10-15 degrees can save you up to 15%.
2. Make sure your windows are sealed
Drafty windows cause energy loss for many families each year. Caulk over any cracks you see, weatherstrip around your window frames, or even apply shrink film. Each is an inexpensive way to save.
3. Focus on water
Wasting water is easier than you may realize; however, there are lots of ways to save it!
- Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth, shave, or wash dishes
- Opt for showers instead of baths
- Install low-flow shower heads
- Make sure you have a full load of laundry before running your washing machines
- Use cold or warm water instead of hot when you do your laundry
4. Replace your light bulbs
If your home has incandescent bulbs, consider replacing them with LED, CFL, or Halogen bulbs. These lights use much less energy and last longer over time. Additionally, make sure that all unnecessary lights are turned off while you are home.
5. Unplug your chargers
After your phone or computer is finished charging, be sure to unplug the charger itself. While charges do not use very much energy, if you have multiple chargers always plugged in, the cost can add up over time.
Did you know that CNE uses green strategies when developing homes? If you’d like to learn more about implementing energy savings into your own home, give us a call at 423.756.6201!