Tax tips for energy savers

Go green and get money back!

When you’re looking from the outside in, going green can seem quite complicated, but in the long run its definitely worth it! It’s now possible to receive money from going green and making the correct energy saving/eco-friendly changes. In this we’ll be looking at the methods which save you money and get you money back!

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Natural Light Benefits [Infographic]

The obvious benefit is that it reduces energy consumption, but the benefits of natural light extend far beyond that. Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright so eloquently describes how ‘more and more, so it seems to me, light is the beautifier of the building’, and it sure does bring something special to a home.

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Environmental Benefits of Solar Panels [Infographic]

Solar power has continued to advance in technology over the past decade. It has become more energy efficient and is more cost effective than ever before. The table’s are turning and solar is becoming an extremely viable option. Get the facts on Solar:

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How to create an Eco Friendly Bathroom [SlideShare]

The amount of energy and water used in a bathroom is ridiculous. Creating an eco friendly bathroom can not only help the environment, but it can also help your wallet. Decreasing your water usage is key, because most of the water used in your bathroom goes to waste. The following is a quick guide on how to create an eco friendly bathroom.

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New Year’s ECO Resolutions

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Manage your waste
Separate your garbage at home. Reuse what you can, send those that can be recycled to recycling plants, and collect organic waste for compost. By managing your waste properly, you will be able to send only those meant for landfills.

Make do with things you already have
Buy less crap. Next time you go out shopping, resist the temptation of purchasing trinkets, thingamabobs and what sits you only find cute but really don’t have any use for at all. Instead, make do of things you already have.

Go for organic food
When doing grocery, go for produce from local farmers. Local produce reduces the need for transporting food. It’s healthy for you and the environment.

Get a reusable bag
A reusable bag when going shopping not only is it convenient (carrying all your grocery in a single bag), it also lessens plastic bags that end up in the trash every minute.

Switch to energy-saving appliances
You can start by switching to energy-saving appliances. Check the energy label – more stars means more energy efficient.

Line dry your washed clothes
Instead of using the dryer, line dry newly washed clothes and sheets. It saves electricity and forces you to exercise altogether.

Choose safer cleaning products
When purchasing cleaning materials, choose those with ingredients that have less impact on the environment and human health. You can also choose those with recyclable packaging to reduce garbage.

Green up your work space
Commit  to turning off electronics in your office every night.  Have your whole department do this for maxium impact.

Green your ride
Evaluate how you currently get to work each day and make a pledge to reduce your impact.  If you can ride the bus, bike, walk, or car pool, make this pledge.

Never buy bottled water again
Trade your bottled water habit for an at-home filtering pitcher; pair it with a reusable bottle

Brew your own Fair Trade coffee
Carrying your own coffee in an insulated travel mug helps you reduce waste from cardboard cups and carrying sleeves.

Cut back on paper towels
Invest in a few cotton cloths and some fabric napkins; then drop them in the wash when you run a load of laundry. Using the cloth alternatives is just as easy as using the paper versions.

Become a weekend vegetarian
Cutting meat out of your diet just two days a week can decrease your carbon footprint by about 1/3 of a ton — and coming up with meat-free meals for Saturday and Sunday isn’t as hard as it sounds. Try pancakes and fruit for breakfast; fresh salads or roasted vegetable sandwiches for lunch; and veggie pizza, bean soups, and creamy risottos for dinner. And since doubling a recipe rarely adds any time to your prep work, you can make extras to eat throughout the week (and trim your carbon footprint even more).

Replace your lightbulbs
Replacing your lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lights may be the ultimate change for the eco-slacker.

Sources:
GreenBlog
Naspa
Mother Nature Network

More Ideas:
Times Union
Green Moxie
Healthy Voyager
Eco Women