Integrating a more frugal lifestyle is something many of us struggle to sustain. Much of today’s consumers are misinformed, self-interested or simply lazy when it comes to consumer savvy decision-making. And this is particularly evident with homeowners, where simple money saving tips such as bundling entertainment services (like here) or taking shorter showers simply gets thrown under the bus. And disconcertingly, society’s dependence on energy doesn’t seem to be slowing down, which not only effects the environment, but also our wallets.
When you lower your dependence on energy, you not only reduce your costs on monthly bills, you also alleviate the demand of fossil fuels and natural gas. And if you believe that your individual expenditure on energy doesn’t make a difference on the environment, well, that’s exactly the type of mindset that got us into this mess in the first place. Fortunately, altering the way you use energy within the walls of your own home won’t drastically change your way of living.
Start your new year’s resolution today and begin thinking green while saving yourself some green in the process:
- Have a “no tech” night – Incorporate your family by reducing your dependence on energy with a little fun. Whether it’s once a month or every week, pick a night to turn off ALL electricity. Use candles and spend the night sharing spooky ghost stories, laughing and spending time together while saving money.
- Use your washer machine wisely – If you have multiple people living under your roof, laundry duty becomes an expensive chore. However, one alternative to help reduce your energy dependence is doing multiple loads consecutively. When you dryer has to routinely heat up every time it’s used for individual loads you exert an unnecessary amount of energy. Keeping your dryer warm during several loads helps reduce this issue.
- Insulate your home – This goes especially important for residents living in colder climates. When you insulate your home, you potentially save 25 to 35 percent of home heating bills and reduce hundreds of pounds on CO2 emissions. Furthermore, investing in proper winter clothing such as winter socks and additional layers will lower the impulse to switch on the heater.
- Save energy by updating to CFLs – Using compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of traditional light bulbs significantly reduces the cost on your energy bill. CFLs exert (on average) 1/4 the amount of electricity when compared to traditional light bulbs.
- Investigate your home for air leaks – Carefully evaluate your home to make sure there is no air either leaving or coming into your home. In fact, is probably best to hire a professional who will have a better sense of whether or not air is coming in or out. Weatherizing your home with caulks and weather stripping is extremely important when your heater or air conditioning is on.
- Make a goal – Allow your family to see the current electricity bill to have a better context of how much money is actually being spent each month. By having a tangible goal, you make the effort more realistic, which have an immediately impact with the members of your family.