Energy-Efficiency Upgrades? Include the Car

5 years ago

Once, I convinced my parents' landlady to replace the ancient fridge in the apartment with a new, EnergyStar-rated fridge. We contributed half the purchase price and within a single year, we got our contribution back in electricity savings. (That old fridge was a real dinosaur).

You could do worse than to include a home energy audit as one of your new year resolutions.  Whether you do it yourself or call in an expert, you will probably come out saving energy costs.

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When you do the audit, remember to include the driveway / garage and its denizen(s).  There are lots of ways to save energy (and ultimately money) by driving conservatively and treating your car right. 

If you are ready to buy a new car this year, think very carefully of what you really need.  Most cars on US roads have a lot more power than you need;  if you can forego the supersized engine you can save thousands of dollars:  It's cheaper to purchase the same car model with a smaller engine, and that engine requires less gas to operate for the lifetime of the car.

Happy new year!  May you reach the energy-saving goals you've set for yourself this year.

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