Energy Star Air ConditionersYou might think that you're being eco-friendly by keeping your 20-year-old air conditioner in action, but if you haven't yet switched to an Energy Star-rated model, your AC might be leaking dollars and cents. In fact, if your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with an Energy Star-qualified unit could cut your cooling costs by 30% and prevent 1,600 pounds of greenhouse-gas emissions per year. If you want to see how much you stand to save by swapping out your AC, take the Home Efficiency Audit here. If it doesn't make sense to upgrade your AC unit, at least consider upgrading your AC filters - they make a huge difference in the efficiency of your unit. At the very least clean the filters regularly - every 1-3 months is a good idea.
If you’ve been feeling the pinch like we have, you’ve probably learned to shop smarter, pack your own lunch, and cut back on the gourmet coffee, but you might still be missing out on big savings if your home hasn’t been optimized for energy efficiency. The good news is that just a few quick and easy DIY upgrades to your home could equate to hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year in savings on your energy bill. Crafting a home energy-optimization strategy sounds more daunting than it is. We’ve rounded up 15 great inexpensive and easy-to-find green home improvement products that will set you on the path towards a lower energy bill and more moolah in the bank – read on to get the inside scoop on all of them.