Many people mistakenly think that they need to make expensive investments to have a green home. Although you can spend money on big-ticket items, you can make smaller swaps and still see plenty of energy savings. You don’t always have to pay to save either. Changes in your habits can also make a significant difference and add up to big savings for the environment and your home’s energy bills

Update your incandescent light bulbs. LED lights use 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs. They also last 25 percent longer. Although the upfront cost is a little higher, you save money on your electricity bills, and you don’t have to replace them as often. A programmable thermostat is another easy upgrade to save money on your monthly bills. Your home’s HVAC system accounts for almost half of your utility costs. Programming your thermostat to change the temperature while you are away from home can offer significant savings. 

Do-it-yourself cleaning solutions are an affordable way to keep toxic chemicals out of the water. Many of the ingredients are ones you already have in your cabinets, such as vinegar and olive oil. They can keep your house clean without tainting your water supply. Speaking of water, don’t forget to install a low-flow showerhead to save water. These showerheads prevent waste and reduce your water consumption by half. Finally, don’t run your dishwasher or washing machine half empty. Fill it every time so that you don’t waste energy on half-full loads. Explore more ways you can save money and save the environment in the following infographic.

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