Energy-Efficiency Upgrades? Include the Car
By CelloMom On Cars on January 09, 2012
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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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