Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
With Earth Day right around the corner, we may be feeling a little more inspired to be green but leading a more green lifestyle can also help you save your family’s green. Advances in technology help us lead a more efficient lifestyle. Here are 3 ways to save money by making your technology work for you while helping the environment at the same time.
Eliminate the vampire suck by unplugging or investing in a smart plugging strip. While putting devices to sleep might be an energy saving measure, it’s often better to unplug to prevent energy from being sucked from your home. According to Energy Star, the average household spends $100 each year to power devices when they’re off or in standby mode. If you prefer to leave your devices plugged in, invest in a smart plugging strip like the iGo Green Power Smart Tower that stop the flow of Vampire power when they’re done charging. If you’re not sure if a smart power strip is really a good investment, iGo allows you to calculate your vampire loss to help you determine how much energy you’re bleeding.
Wash your clothes in cold water. Heating water for a warm or hot cycle of laundry can account for up to 80 percent of the energy used per wash load in the United States. Since a cold water wash cleans your clothes just as well, switch to a cold cycle wash to clean your clothes just as well but saves energy and is better for the environment.
Update your appliances. If you’ve been contemplating a new washer, dryer, dishwasher, or refrigerator, there’s no time like the present. With technology constantly improving, appliances are becoming more energy efficient. Last year we replaced our 10 year old dishwasher with a Bosch one that costs less than $30 a year to run and uses 1.7 gallons of water with each load. How did I know which dishwasher would be the most efficient? Each appliance comes with a large yellow Energy Guide label. Besides listing key features, manufacturer, model, size, etc., the most useful information is the graphic displaying average yearly energy use to other models with similar features. The Energy Guide label also indicates the approximate yearly energy cost of operating the appliance. Also be sure to look for Energy Star rating when shopping for appliances since Energy Star ratings indicate a Federal energy efficiency standard set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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