We all know the struggles of the morning rush â€“ you snooze the alarm 5 times and then have to shower, get dressed, eat breakfast and speed out the door in 20 minutes flat. So, what if you leave a few lights on? It canâ€™t make that much of a difference, right?
Wrong! With over 40 light sockets in the average household, wasted energy adds up â€“ fast. And where thereâ€™s wasted energy, thereâ€™s wasted money. Do the environment (and your wallet) a favor with these energy-saving tips:
- If youâ€™re still using the old 60-watt lightbulbs in your house, you should know a couple of things: The average 60-watt lightbulb wastes up to 90% of its energy as heat â€“ that means only 10% of its energy is spent actually producing light. If that huge waste of energy isnâ€™t enough to convince you to switch to LED bulbs, then hereâ€™s another reason: Leaving your lights on an extra 8 hours a day adds up to a waste of $900 a year! Yes, you read that right. So, instead of spending $900 to light up an empty house, why not use that money for a luxurious 7-day Caribbean cruise for two?
- Leaving your LED lights on all day isnâ€™t quite as costly, but itâ€™ll still cause a significant dent in your annual energy bill. 45 LED lights left on while youâ€™re at work will cost you an extra $180 a year. That means, if you flip those switches off when you leave, you could save enough for an annual gym membership.
- Your home office is another big energy waster. If you switch off your laser printer, Wi-Fi and desktop computer every time you leave the house, it adds up to $216 in annual savings. That money could buy you an extra 54 Starbucks lattes a year. What could be better than supporting your caffeine addiction and saving the environment at the same time? Nothing.
- Whenâ€™s the last time you turned off all your living room electronics in the morning? Yeah, we canâ€™t remember either. But unplugging your game console, DVR, cable box and more can earn you $125 in annual savings, which could pay for a yearâ€™s worth of premium music streaming.
Itâ€™s easy to overlook the little things with the hustle and bustle of everyday life; but the truth is, the little things can add up to a lot of savings for you and your family!