Living an eco-friendly lifestyle helps our environment and our utility bills. What’s better than killing two birds with one stone? Because energy conservation has been on the rise, Americans are becoming more aware of their carbon footprint. For those who have not join the wagon, the following are easy ways you can make a difference in your community and save money on your bills!
Consider a White Roof
According to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Heat Island Group, buildings that have white roofs in sunny climates require 40% less energy compared to their counterpart. We’re talking about a whopping $100 savings per year in cooling costs!
You can quickly select an inexpensive white, coating to get the job done. And you can get this at any hardware stores. You want to get an elastomeric layer with a blend of polymers that makes it durable, waterproof, and flexible for any weather. The only thing you need to do is apply it like an ordinary paint using heavy-duty paint brushes.
Run an Energy Sweep Every Night
Some of us have left appliances, lights and fans running when we don’t need them. Doing this increases your energy bill.
Simply do a nightly check to make sure all electric devices are turned off before going to sleep. It sounds like an annoying task but you’ll be happy when you see your utility bill lower than average! If this isn’t something you want to do, try utilizing timers to turn them off automatically.
Your Water Heater Should be at 120 Degrees
You risk getting scalded with hot water, and it can cost you hard cash.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, setting your water heater to 140 degrees or higher garnishes about $36-$61 per year! Imagine all that water and money you’re losing for nothing!