Wishing You a Green New Year
Making those New Year’s resolutions?
While I’m sure you don’t need any suggestions:
here are a few widely agreed-upon tips that will reduce energy and save you some money.
Use compact fluorescent bulbs which will save you about $30 over their 7,500-10,000 hour life. (You should take them to a recycling center instead of tossing them in the trash, though, because they contain a minuscule amount of mercury.)
Lowering your thermostat 5 to 10 degrees at night and when no one is home can cut heating costs by 20%. Programmable thermostats can make this easier.
Insulate hot water pipes and lower your temperature on your water heater from 130 degrees to 120 degrees.
Choose Energy Star when in the market for new appliances, but be aware that hidden energy drains such as lighting, ice makers, and special settings (such as the pots-and-pans cycle on dishwashers) are not factored into energy-use figures.