Conserving energy and water is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint while saving money.

Save Energy

Accordiong to, a typical U.S. family spends around $2,000 a year on home utility bills. There are many low-cost and no-cost ways you can reduce your energy costs. They begin with simple things like turning off or unplugging computers, TVs, phone chargers, and other home electronics. These are often referred to as Vampire Loads.

The best place to start saving is by figuring out how much energy you currently use. The ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick is a helpful tool to use to calculate your household energy use. Once you know more about your household energy use, implement some of the following changes. 

Save Water

The average person uses 80 – 100 gallons of water a day, and each year over 10,000 gallons of water are wasted because of leaks. Repairing water leaks saves the average household about 10% on their water bill. You can use less water and save money by following these steps.

Use the acronym WATER to help you remember five simple things you can do to save water and money:

Wash laundry only when there is a full load
Always turn off running water
Take shorter showers
Eliminate any and all leaks
Reduce the flow of toilets and showerheads