Being eco-conscious doesn't have to mean outfitting your home with pricey solar panels.
1. Monitor Your Energy Use
You can reduce your monthly electric expenses, typically by as much as 15 percent, according to a recent IBM study, by knowing how much power you’re actually using and where you can most effectively cut back. Add a plug load monitor to any outlet where you plug in an appliance or device; the monitor will display how much energy the device is consuming and when, helping you decide which ones should be turned off and at what time. Some models are programmable, to cut power automatically.
2. Install Dimmer Switches
Not yet ready to say buh-bye to incandescent bulbs? Then consider that simply dimming a light by 10 percent more than doubles the bulb's life.