Going green isn’t just good for the environment; it can also save you money. Whether you’re able to make a serious change…

One of the biggest expenses that a home has is its electric bill. If you’re using old, energy-hogging appliances, it’s time to shop around for something newer and more efficient. Your refrigerator is the worst, costing you potentially more than a newer, more efficient one. A new washer and dryer can also save you over a hundred dollars over the course of a year while significantly lowering your carbon footprint. When it comes to insulation, there’s basically no such thing as too much. In fact, up to 70 percent of your home’s energy waste could be due to a lack of insulation. You need to fill up empty space and low-density insulation with something that’s going to keep the heat where it belongs, in your home. Have your home evaluated for areas that might need more insulation. It might cost you money up front, but it will pay dividends over time in the form of lower utility bills. It will also lower your carbon footprint. It’s a part of your house that you don’t think about very much, but your water heater could be costing you money and increasing your carbon footprint. You should be insulating your water heater and pipes like the rest of your house. But also, keep your hot water at a moderate temperature. Fifty degrees Celsius is warm enough to take hot showers but not so warm that you’re wasting money and energy.

Whether you’re ecologically conscious or not, doesn’t really matter. By not going green you’re flushing money down the toilet and throwing it out the window. By making your home into a green super home you’re saving money that you can spend on things like your retirement or your family’s dream vacation.

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