2. Use energy-efficient household items.
Investing in energy-efficient household items like refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and even TVs can reduce your utility bills and your carbon footprint. And don’t forget LED light bulbs, which use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs — and they last much longer too.
What’s in it for you?
Energy Star rated appliances can save you from 10% to 50% on energy costs, and your household can save about $225 a year by switching to LED lightbulbs. It might also be possible to get tax credits.
According to the EPA, “Using energy more efficiently is one of the fastest, most cost-effective ways to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and meet growing energy demand.”
What do you need to do?
Start by replacing your old light bulbs with LEDs — that’s a quick, relatively low-cost switch you can feel great about. Then keep an eye on your appliances, and when they start to show their age, shop around for Energy Star rated replacements.