It’s estimated that changing your light bulbs to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs could save you up to $300 a year. Previously we shared with you how to lower your electricity bill by replacing your air conditioner filter and conserving energy by rinsing your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. There are several ways in which you can go green at home and save money in the long run.
One way is to buy energy efficient appliances if you’re in need of new appliances. Many older outdated refrigerators, washing machines, water heaters, and more can use more energy than their greener counterparts. Look for Energy Star appliances that are part of the Energy Star program operated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Some Energy Star appliances might also qualify you for a federal tax credit.
Getting energy efficient appliances is important because using less mean energy means less fossil fuels are being burned at power plants. The use of these fuels causes air pollution and contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Going green not only saves your green (money) but also the green of the planet.
If the sound of your leaky faucets isn’t enough to drive you to fix them, then maybe saving money and the environment will. Leaky faucets mean you are throwing your money down the drain, literally. Get your faucets fixed as soon as you can, or take it on as a DIY project to save more.
If you’re thinking about making a big leap into going green, consider going solar. Getting solar panels installed onto your home can provide hours of power and a reduced light bill. Keep in mind that it can be a costly process, so taking a personal loan might be a good idea as the money you save can assist you in repaying the loan. In the end you’ll save money and your property value could also see an increase. The solar panels you install may also qualify for a federal tax credit.
For all the Pinterest users out there, re-purposing items is a crafty way to save money and go green. Gather rain water for plants, use old shirts as throw pillow covers, or turn old gutters into planters. There are many great websites and ideas for re-purposing used items. It’s easy for you to get started.
If you’re interested in going green at home, you can make big or small changes that will help the environment. A personal loan might help you buy energy efficient appliances or install solar panels to power your home. Many other “green” changes can be done at a small cost to you but provide a big reward to our world. AmOne can help you find a personal loan to help you get started on going green. Contact our knowledgeable Money Coaches to learn more.