GO GREEN TO SAVE GREEN
Let the light in
Bring in the sunshine with windows and well-placed mirrors so you can rely less on electricity. Plug lamps into a power strip and switch it off to save about $100 a year. You save on your electric bill.
Swap incandescent lightbulbs for LEDs that may last up to 40 times as long. Replacing five of your most used bulbs with Energy Star-certified ones can save $70 a year in energy costs.
Bye-bye, bare floors
Rugs don't just pull together the look of a room; they also hold in heat. Lay them down with rug pads for extra insulation in every room. You save on your heating and cooling.
Buy local on a budget
Lower your carbon footprint with a farmer's market date. Stop by later in the day when vendors are more likely to lower prices on their leftovers, or ask for a discount on ugly or misshapen produce that's still perfectly edible. You save on your grocery bill.
Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. A typical household that switches from hot water to cold water laundry cycles could save an estimated 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year.