Day 159: Top 5 Ways to save Money and the Planet
My give today just keeps on talking. My family still uses a land line. I know a bit old fashion but we still need one for business and pleasure at home. My cordless phone recently started giving out on me and I went on a hunt for a new one. The choices are unlimited but there was one phone that stood out for a reason and I knew I was doing a little good along the way.
Day 159: Give 159
Just for the record I am not a “techie” of any kind. Not even for a cordless landline telephone. I went on a hunt for a new phone and I had a few things I knew I needed. It had to have 3 handsets, good range, a speaker option and it had to be on sale. I don’t buy anything at full retail price. I’m not fussy. I didn’t need a certain colour, built in answering machine, blah blah blah, the list of features can go on.
I started in the typical places, Staples The Future Shop and London Drugs. All had a large selection and the options all seemed similar except for one. An eco friendly option with the Energy Star stamp of approval. Now we were talking! I hadn’t even considered this in a phone as I didn’t know it existed. There it was – the Panasonic Digital Cordeless telephone. It had all the features I required and the eco friendly option. Rechargeable batteries for each hand set and a 20% energy saver feature. I pay less on my energy bills and help to save the planet every day!
If you live in an apartment or own a home, there are electronics / small appliances most of us use every day. Here are my top 5 small home electronics you can choose to purchase the next time you are shopping for a new one that will give back to the planet and your wallet.
Statistics taken from Energy Star. Look for the Energy Star label the next time you purchase an appliance big or small.
Perform much more efficiently than conventional units and use about one-third of the energy.
Use less energy by incorporating improved energy performance features such as switch-mode power supplies and “smart” chargers
Save more than $75 million in annual energy costs.
Prevent 1 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to emissions from 90,000 cars.
Save 700 million kWh of electricity.
Do you have a dishwasher made before 1994? If so, you’re paying an extra $40 a year on your utility bills compared to owning a new ENERGY STAR qualified model.
A dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle.
Nearly 70 percent of U.S. electricity is generated by burning coal and natural gas, which releases greenhouse gasses and other air pollutants into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change and air quality problems. By reducing water consumption, this also helps to protect our lakes, streams, and oceans.
An energy efficient TV use about 40% less energy than standard units. You can find everything from standard TVs, to HD-ready TVs, to the largest flat-screen plasma TVs that are energy efficient.
5) Air Conditioner (room)
Use about 10% less energy than conventional models, which could mean a savings of more than $60 over the lifetime of the unit.
Often include timers for better temperature control, allowing you to use the minimum amount of energy you need to cool your room
Time Commitment: 1 hour of shopping
Cost: A little more for energy efficient by $20