Cut Your Annual Energy Costs! Think Green!

How would it seem to you if you could help to reduce global warming by cutting carbon dioxide emissions and, at the same time, saving up to 40% more money from your annual household energy bills?

I show you 7 simple steps that will help you think in “green”, awake your ecological consciousness and save money in your pocket!

1. Change the light bulbs!

Replace all common incandescent lamps with energy-saving lamps that consume up to 5 times less electricity and have a longer lifespan. According to Saving Light Bulbs, 1 Mega Watt mini electricity generating station produces 7500 tons of Carbon Dioxide CO2.

If you had a 100 watt light bulb and left it on all year then the generating station would create 750kg of CO2 during that year. lets say you have the light bulb on for 4 hours each day then that is still responsible for the creation of 125kg of CO2. So that means that if you change your light bulb for an energy saving CFL which will only consume 80% of the energy then you will help save the environment by reducing CO2 emissions by 100kg every year. source: Saving light bulbs

2. Do not let the tap running when you wash your dishes or brush your teeth!

What is the reason to pay more money to your water supplier for wasting the most valuable asset you have? In countries like Africa, 5 year-old kids walk daily up to 8 kilometers to fill some bottles with fresh water but, the ”civilized” world does not care about it, simply because we perceive water as something we’ll always have access to it. Many goods and live creatures were given to humans but they don’t exist anymore…

3. Turn off the lights when you leave the room!

Again. What is the reason to leave the lights on in an empty room? The unnecessary waste of electricity costs you up to 350 euros/ year, while at the same time it raises dangerously the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. For the doubting Tomas, on my article, i explain in plain language how the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere affects the earth’s temperature.

4. Learn about the efficiency class icons!

In Europe, most household appliances in the electrical stores are displayed with energy efficiency classes from A to G, where A being the most energy efficient and G the least efficient. Purchasing an A+++ appliance will cost you a bit more in the store but it will reduce up to 40% your annual electricity bill. Considering the fact that you don’t change electric appliances every year, buying an A efficiency class, it is much more cost effective!


5. Use the washing appliances only when they are full

 Use the washing machine and the dishwasher only when they are full and set the temperature to the lower degrees. You may also set the water heater to the temperature of 40-50 degrees and this way you’ll have an extra reduction on your annual electricity cost by 10-15%.

6. Use the mass transport

Gasoline is the energy fuel of your car and using your car for your day-to-day commute may offers you comfort and convenience, but it costs you a lot! Gasoline, insurance, service and tires, not to mention the hours you may get stuck in traffic! According to a study published in 2017, owning and using a car daily in the US costs the owner an average of 6.348 $ / year. In Europe on the other hand, it is estimated that citizens pay approximately 287 euros in fuels for an average of 67 hours of driving. (Prices vary among European countries.) . The average time commuters spend getting stuck in traffic, in US and EU, is 42 hours while they lose 1400$ in gas! You lose time and money for nothing when you could use that money for taking vacation twice a year!

7. Recycle!

Last but not least. You may think recycling is irrelevant to your annual energy cost but it is not at all irrelevant to the money you can earn from things that you would throw in the dustbin. It is really disappointing the fact that the world lacks basic information about the huge environmental disaster caused by materials that are not recycled. In my article  you will find the shocking numbers of garbage that end up in the oceans and landfills and, the terrible damage they cause to the ecosystem.

This is why many cities around the globe are giving financial incentives to motivate citizens to recycle as much materials as possible. For example, in many big cities, such as in Athens, there are recycling centers that receive various materials for recycling, such as paper, metal, plastic, old devices and glass, and as a reward give citizens money or other gifts. In my town, the recycling action has been taken over by supermarkets and big electronic stores that offer bonus coupons for redemption at the outlets. The more materials you recycle, the bigger the coupon you get to cash out with your purchases.

In 2017, I earned 120 euros in coupons to make my purchases from the supermarket on my favorite products, plus 35 euros coupon to substitute my old hairdryer with a new one, only because I chose to recycle all the useless things I had, instead of throwing them in the dustbin!  Simple as that!  Total earnings: 155 euros from garbage!  Prices vary from center to center and from town to town. You may google your nearest recycling center, call them and ask about the material they gather and whether they give any compensation. You can also visit the and get more information about recycling actions and location centers near you. For those who live in the US, also visit the find your state and start recycling today!

There are always ways to do the right thing and, at the same time to earn some money, the point is… do you want to do it or will you follow what the majority does?

Sotia Bella