Being Green Without Breaking The Bank
November 22nd, 2009
You don't have to install solar panels in order to be green. You can be green and use cost cutting strategies and reduce your carbon footprint which can payback in about two years.
• Install Low Flow Fixtures
Cost: $3 to $30
Low flow faucets, shower heads and aerators reduce the amount of water on
the gas or electricity used to heat your water.
• Use Air Filters Cost: $1 to $12
By cleaning or replacing your cooling system or air conditioning filters you
save on about 7 percent in electricity.
Seal Air Leaks
Cost: $10 per window and $20 per door.
By sealing off air leaks cool and hot air is not lost and your home is more
comfortable by not using extra air conditioning or heating. Window frames can be
caulked, doors weather stripped.
• Add Window Treatments
Cost $10 to $150
Shades, blinds and curtains can cut cooling and heating costs.
Use Compact Fluorescent Lighting
Cost $3 to $5 per bulb
They use 75 percent less energy than regular bulbs
• Install Light Motion Sensors
Cost: $50 to $70
Light motion sensors automatically turn off light and thereby save on energy.
These cost-effective ideas will not only save you money, but you’ll be doing your part to save the planet.