Happy Earth Day! On a day that is dedicated to our collective affect on the planet, every individual should consider how we positively and negatively impact the environment. While experts warn of potential disasters as the result of global climate change, many are unwilling to make any changes to their day-to-day lives. Going green does not have to be a complicated or expensive process. In fact, in many cases it can actually end up saving you money in the long run. It can be very easy to make the commitment to making your residence more energy-efficient.
Here are a few ways to improve your home's energy this year:
- Adjust your computer settings: If you have a computer that is always plugged into the wall, it is constantly sucking up power. To combat this issue, you need to change the machine's settings, having the screens shut off after 15 minutes of no use and the machine to shut off after a half hour.
- Change the light bulbs: The easiest way to make your house greener is to have any energy wasting incandescent light bulbs replaced with LED models. They use 40 percent less power, which will have a direct and immediate effect on how much you spend on electricity.
- Turn down the water heater: Keeping a house's water hot is generally the third-largest energy expense a person has. By lowering the temperature just 20 degrees – from the average of 140 to 120, for example – you will be spending much less each month while the water remains plenty hot. If you are going to be on vacation, turn it down even further.
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