IG Smart Environment

Home ownership is expensive, so you’re probably looking to cut down on expenses any way you can. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do this while also protecting the environment. For a quick and simple fix, try changing the light bulbs in your house to LED variants. These last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use about 75 percent less energy. Experts estimate that if everyone were to switch to these, we could save 349 TWh of electricity.

Another great way to protect the environment and save big is to install a programmable thermostat. These work by only heating and cooling during the periods you specify. So you can tell your system to lower the temperature while you’re at work, which can save you 10 percent on your annual heating and cooling costs. What’s more, you’ll help reduce the 95 tons of CO2 pollution put into the world each year by home energy use.

Finally, you should turn off lights and other electronics when they’re not in use. Leaving your lights on when you go to work or when you leave for a weekend trip can cost you about 7.2 cents and 41.6 cents respectively. While it might not sound like a lot upfront, just think of all the times you leave lights on during a year. You’re wasting valuable money and using up electricity that you simply don’t need. These are just a few of the things you can do. To learn more, check out the infographic below.

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