Anita Gullo-Eardley

Continuing on Tuesday's tips for green tips that save you money, we hope all these tips help you save money this year while doing just a little to save the planet:


- Energy Star AppliancesENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate technologies that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. If you can’t replace your appliances just yet, consider these tips:

- Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible. To save water, try to wash full loads or, if you must wash a partial load, reduce the level of water appropriately.

- Don't over-dry your clothes. If your dryer has a moisture sensor that will automatically turn the machine off when clothes are done, use it to avoid over drying.

- One of the easiest things you can do to increase drying efficiency is to clean the lint trap before each and every load.

- Dishwashers use about the same amount of energy and water regardless of the number of dishes inside, so run full loads whenever possible.

- Place your fridge in a cool place away from a heat source such as an oven, a dishwasher, or direct sunlight from a window.

- Glass Block Windows - These windows offer great versatility, visibility and light transmission, energy conservation, security, durability and cost effectiveness. Glass block is scratch-resistant and requires minimal maintenance with a long-term life cycle.

- Lightbulbs - Replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR qualified lights can save $70 a year in energy costs. Compact fluorescent bulbs can last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs, saving money on energy bills and replacement costs.

- Programmable Thermostat - A programmable thermostat  is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.

- Pay attention to your furnace - Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool - wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system - leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure