10 ways to save

10 ways to save

Written By

Jessica Harris

Helping the environment is a great thing, but did you know that most of the tricks that save energy can also save money? Here are 10 simple tricks around the house that can save you big bucks—and help out the planet too.

1. Programmable Thermostat

Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a “smart” thermostat—like the one from Vivint—can save you around $180* every year in energy costs.

2. CFL/LED Light bulbs

Choose energy-saving lighting. It seems like a surprising claim, but switching your regular light bulbs for CFL or LED bulbs can easily save you money. In Vivint’s Energy Management package, you get 12 free CFLs, which can save you up to $100 per year!

3. Solar Energy

With energy prices continuing to rise, more people are turning to solar power. In fact, with Vivint Solar, you can srom 10-30% on your utility bills. And there are no up-front costs for qualified customers.

4. Air Filter

Check your air filter monthly. If it looks dirty, it needs to be changed, and replacing your air filter at least once every 3 months can save you 5-15% on your electric bill.

5. Low-Flow Shower Head

Save money every time you shower. By installing a low-flow shower head, you slash bathing water consumption 50-70%. That can save you up to $60 annually.

6. Smart Power Strip/ Phantom Load

“Phantom load” refers to the energy an electronic device uses when it is not turned on but still plugged in. Unplug electronics when you are not using them or plug them into a power strip to save up to $100 a year.

7. Energy Star Rated Products

When shopping for a new appliance, look for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star label. Energy Star appliances use 10-50% less energy than their conventional counterparts.

8. Programmable Sprinkler

By using a programmable sprinkler and setting to water at the most efficient times of day, you can save up to 20% on your water bill.

9. Weather Stripping

Check for gaps along windows and doors. Reducing drafts in your home by installing weather stripping can save 5-30% on your energy bill.

10. Water Heather

Most water heathers are set at 140 degrees, but according to the DOE, a setting of 120 degrees is sufficient for most uses. Turning it down can save you $36-$61 on your water heating costs every year.

 

So there you have it! Save money and go green! That’s what we like to call a win-win!

*The $180 savings assumes a typical, single-family home with a 10 hour daytime setback of 8° F in winter and setup of 7° F in summer, and an 8 hour nighttime setback of 8° F in winter and a setup of 4° F in summer.