Just when we think the economy is starting to look up it appears as though that apparition may be fading. So many people are thinking less about the environment and more about their own finances and rightfully so. These two thoughts can assist one another when approached with diligent research and patience. A little reminder is need from time to time on how we can save a little green.
Is there a better way to be green than saving energy? Not for the near future would be my reply. The US government tax credit for consumer energy efficiency expires at the end of this year so now is a good time to be thinking about what you can do. We lose a lot of our energy through poorly sealed windows, doors, attics and so on and with these tax credits you can write off caulk, weather stripping and insulation. Just a little work cutting out some of the drafts in your home can add up to a good savings month after month. I insulated the family room in my home last fall and I saw a ten percent reduction in my heating bills and last winter was brutal in Kansas City. Other ideas would be to seal your ducts, be sure to change you filter regularly and install a programmable thermostat if possible.
Is your house sealed up tight as drum? You can always consider adding florescent light bulbs as your incandescent bulbs burn out. If you are one of the folks that say you don’t care for the light off the florescent bulbs you might want to check again. Florescent bulb manufacturers have changed their ways and offer more lighting choices now. And the rest I’m sure you’ve heard before: shut off the lights when you leave the room, turn the HVAC down at night or when you are not at home and unplug your mobile device chargers when not in use.
Then there’s the car. We live in a country of convenience in the USA, so many cars on the road these days and all burning fuel and creating CO2. If you can try to walk or bicycle more it’s good for you as well as for the environment. Keep your car tuned up, tires inflated properly, remove unneeded weight and drive efficiently. With the crazy hours that we are all working, if you’re lucky enough to be working these days, it gets harder and harder to carpool or take public transportation but try to do it if you can. I live in city where there is terrible public transportation and would welcome the opportunity to not have to drive in these hectic times.
So all in all by conserving some energy we can conserve some money as well. It may take an investment or two to realize savings later but it will pay off by shopping smartly and taking advantage of the tax credits before they expire.