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It’s always hard to make the decision to live more frugally by being more green. For me, that decision came recently after graduating from college. Summer here in Boise, Idaho has been pretty brutal some days. I’m here to inform you about some ways to save money the rest of the summer by being more green in different areas of your home life.
Let’s start off with some cool tools I found at Direct Energy’s (DE) Reduce Your Use University. This page is dedicated to helping individuals reduce their energy use in order to go greener and save money while doing it. One of my favorite tools that they provide on this site is their Top 25 Quick & Easy Energy Efficiency Tips. This page highlights many great ways to save energy and money. I have put many of these tips into play in my own life and it has really started to pay off!
Keep ‘em Closed!
Unfortunately for me, I don’t have the option to adjust the thermostat in my house. The temperature during summer is hot…and hotter. There’s no central cooling unit in the old house that I live in so some days it can reach between 90-95 degrees inside. Having the blinds or shades closed on the side of your home that the sun hits works wonders for making the temperature more bearable when you don’t have an AC—or even if you do and just want to save money. If you’re like me and still want to live with natural lighting, open the blinds or shades on the side of your house that the sun doesn’t hit. Also, using a fan instead of a central cooling unit can save you immensely month to month.
Lights On, Lights Off
As DE suggests, shutting off your lights when they’re not in use can help you save—lighting accounts for up to 15-percent of your electric bill. However, where this does not hold true is when your lighting consists of CFL bulbs. CFL, or compact fluorescent light bulbs use up to 70-percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs when warmed up. CFL bulbs consume a greater volume of energy when warming up than when already turned on.
In the Garden
The last thing I would like to discuss about how to save money through the end of this summer is how to save in the garden. For those of us who have a garden, we know how pricey it can begin to get, especially when you have a fountain that is constantly running or lights throughout your garden. I knew there were solar lights for gardens, however I was completely unaware that there are such things as solar fountains and solar bird baths. The benefit of a solar bird bath is that the water is constantly cycling which doesn’t allow mold to grow in it.
It isn’t that hard to change up parts of your daily routine to help the environment, better your awareness, and save money through practicing better habits. It’s a good feeling to know that you’re helping to be a part of the solution to create a cleaner, greener planet and to know that your wallet is going to be that much fatter for doing so. I hope you take the time to explore DE’s tools they have to help educate people on how to be more green and energy efficient; it helped me cut my expenditures in about half! Just think about what this knowledge can do for you!