Tips on Saving Energy (and Money!)

Saving Energy

Most people want to keep energy costs as low as possible – it just makes sense. However, do you know some of the easy things you can do to reduce your energy usage and expenditures? Here are some ideas for you.

Lighting

LED lighting is no longer the wave of the future, it is right here, right now. If you haven’t replaced your lightbulbs with LED bulbs, you should do it. LED bulbs give off light that is just as bright with a fraction of the energy that incandescent bulbs use.

HVAC

Your cooling and heating systems use more energy than anything else in your home. Keeping your thermostat a little lower in the winter or higher in the summer can save quite a bit of money. At times when you are sleeping or away, you can have it set 15 degrees off your regular setting. You may also consider planting trees to provide shade in the summer to help keep your AC unit running less.

You may have an energy audit done to help you find other ways to save money. Perhaps you need new spray foam insulation Maryland or new seals on your windows to improve the ability of your home to maintain the set temperature.

Electronics

If you are working from home on a desktop or laptop computer, you likely have a bunch of electronics that you may or may not remember to turn off when you are not using. The fact is that many pieces of electronic equipment don’t actually go all the way off when you shut them down. They use a little bit of power all the time. Think of the remote for your television or sound system. If you get a smart power strip, it will turn the current off for any device

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Save Money at the Pump

Save Money at the Pump

The price of gasoline moves up and down, but mostly continues to get higher. If you want to reduce the amount of cash you pay to fill your tank each month, you need to change some of your driving habits for the better. Here are some suggestions that may help.

Buy Gas at the Right Time of Day (and Week)

Few people realize that time of day matters when it comes to pumping gas. When the gasoline is cooler, it is denser, so more of it goes into your tank than when it is warmer. In other words, purchase your gas on the way to work rather than on the way home and you’ll end up with more.

Whether it’s because the big oil companies know people drive more on the weekends or it’s more random than that, you may notice that prices tend to rise from mid-week through the weekend. Fill your tank during the early part of the week to get a lower price at the pump.

Gas stations have to cover the costs of lots of things besides gasoline. They likely work with a valve maintenance system when filling the underground tanks and have to maintain the pumps, too. All of this can factor into the overall price you pay.

Consolidate Trips

If you don’t drive as much, you don’t use as much gasoline. Rather than running to the hardware store every time you need a screw, take a few minutes to see if there are other things you need as well. Consolidating your trips by getting everything you need at once will help you save on gas.

Everyone likes to save money. Doing so on gasoline can be very satisfying. Thinking about what you need before taking a trip to the store and timing your

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