I got this in an email today and wanted to share it with all of you. I think these are some good tips. I previously blogged about saving money and spending wiser a few months ago. It is a topic I am paying more attention to since I am trying to build up some more savings so I can buy a better place in a few years.
There are many simple ways to save money around your home. And some even help you save the environment, too. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Replacing an old dryer with a new, energy-saving model equipped with a moisture sensor can save you cash, up to 15% per load (after the cost of the dryer. this is only good if you already need one)
2. Use warm or cold water instead of hot when washing your clothes.
3. Turn the thermostat on your water heater down a few degrees, and add some insulation to the tank itself, to help it retain its heat. Insulating the tank costs about $20 and can save you $25 a year.
4. When the fireplace is not in use, don’t forget to close the flue damper. Chimneys are designed to let smoke escape, which means heated or conditioned air escapes, too.
5. Use linear fluorescent and energy-efficient fluorescent compact lamps. They last many times longer than old-fashioned incandescent bulbs and use much less energy.
6. Use solar pathway lights outside your home to eliminate the use of electricity for exterior lights.
7. If purchasing a new refrigerator, consider one with the freezer on the top—they’re more efficient
8. Cut out expensive directory assistance calls by using 1-800-free-411. This new service is made possible by thousands of national and local businesses whose brief audio advertisements are played to callers who request businesses in their yellow pages category.
9. Clean inexpensively, and with common household products. For kitchen counters, add four tablespoons of baking soda to one quart of warm water. It cleans and deodorizes. Add equal parts sudsy ammonia and water for another all-around cleaner. Use vinegar (white or apple cider) mixed with water to remove soap and hard-water buildup.
For more information, check out The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s website, and ENERGY STAR’s website.