~ Elizabeth Burman, AKA "Almostgotit," blogs at Almostgotit.com ~
Good news! The utility company has given us a couple months off its billing cycle. The poor thing still can't decide how to bill the Almostgotits, as our low meter readings always make it suspicious (we heat with wood).
The only thing is, we got our woodstove a couple years too early to qualify for Obama's 30% tax credit for energy efficiency.
Ah well, we ALMOST got it!!
Saving money and saving the planet make wonderful bedfellows, so here's ten ways you can do both, just for today:
- Hang your laundry out to dry. If you don't have a clothes line, buy one or just tie a rope between a couple of trees. Clothes dryers are one of the biggest parts of your home's energy bill. And yes, you can even hang your clothes up indoors!
- Skip Starbucks for a day and find an Earth Day project or event to do instead (or)
- Do a fun Earth Day project with your kids at home.
- Plant a vegetable garden! Tomatoes and beans are the easiest of all, grow practically anywhere, and your own, home-grown vegetable plants are so gorgeous and satisfying. Plus also, you'll have great tasting food for much less than what you'd pay at the store!
- Stock your freezer. You'll save money and energy by reducing your trips to the grocery store. You'll also reduce the temptation to eat out (more car trips, more money spent) because you'll have things to eat at home. And finally, freezers use less energy when they're full, too.
- Plug your TV into a power bar. Many appliances draw electricity even when they are turned off, so using a power bar can make a real difference in energy savings.
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