Why Should We Care?
Being able to reduce your energy use has two benefits. First, it could substantially reduce your monthly energy bill, and second, you can reduce your carbon footprint. If you don’t believe in climate change, that’s ok. You still get to save money!
How much money?
That depends on a number of factors. But like with anything I say about savings, how much you can save in one month is not as important as how much you can save over a year, 2 years, or even 10 years. For instance, if your monthly electricity bill hovers around $80/month, and you make a few changes and bring that down to about $40/month (that’s the average we pay in our 3 bedroom, 1,000 sqft house with 2 adults and 2 dogs), those $40 savings add up to $480 in just one year, and $2,400 in just 5 years. I don’t know how much money you make in an hour, but if you’re like an average person in the US, you probably have to work a bunch of hours to make those $480 AFTER-TAX dollars. If I don’t have your attention by now, that’s almost 70 chicken burritos at Chipotle… Therefore, I think, saving money in your electricity bill is at least worth a little bit of your attention. Continue reading