According to a recent survey conducted by TopCashback.com, the USA’s most generous cash back site, energy-related expenses are significantly high.
The survey polled a cross-section of 3,187 adults, aged 18 and over.
Conscious of Costs
How much do you typically spend on electricity bills each month?
- $101 to $150 (30 percent)
- $50 to $100 (29 percent)
- $151 to $200 (17 percent)
- More than $200 (13 percent)
- Less than $50 (11 percent)
- Less than $25 (27 percent)
- More than $100 (21 percent)
- $25 to $50 (18 percent)
- $51 to $75 (17 percent)
- $76 to $100 (17 percent)
- $150 to $300 (30 percent)
- $301 to $400 (22 percent)
- More than $500 (22 percent)
- $401 to $500 (17 percent)
- Less than $150 (Nine percent)
- $50 to $100 (25 percent)
- $101 to $150 (21 percent)
- More than $200 (20 percent)
- Less than $50 (19 percent)
- $151 to $200 (15 percent)
To help reduce your energy bills and increase your eco-consciousness this Earth Day, here are three tips from Rebecca Gramuglia, consumer expert at TopCashback.com.
- Optimize your home for green living. Whether you’re buying a new washer and dryer or replacing burnt-out light bulbs, invest in energy-efficient appliances if you can. Not only will these shave some money off your utility bills, but they’re also good for the environment. And before plugging appliances directly into your wall socket, opt to use power strips to easily turn on or cut the flow of electricity with the push of a button.
- Pro-tip: Switch to blackout curtains, which act as insulation for your home to keep out extreme heat in the summer. This will decrease your reliance on an air conditioner and can reduce the cost of your electricity bill.
- Shop sustainable brands. If upgrading your appliances for energy efficiency doesn’t fit your budget, “go green” at home by supporting brands offering eco-friendly and sustainable goods. Brands like Grove Collaborative and quip offer refillable products – plus, refills are typically cheaper than the initial purchase, which saves you money while helping the environment. And when you buy a reusable item, such as food containers or water bottles, ditch the plastic and choose a non-toxic alternative, like glass. No matter how small, changes like these make a difference by supporting businesses that prioritize the environment.
- Pro-tip #1: Join the “eco-fashion” trend by shopping from ethically sourced clothing companies, like Christy Dawn, Vitamin A Swim and EILEEN FISHER. While these items may be pricier, they are usually made of quality materials that will last for years with proper care.
- Pro-tip #2: If new items aren’t in your budget, thrift shopping is a great option. You are not only giving the product a second life, but you’ll also likely score discounts on items ranging from clothing to home decor.
- Repurpose old items. Rather than trashing your old clothes that are beginning to show signs of wear and tear, get creative! T-shirts can be sewn into quilts or repurposed as pillowcases and old jeans can be cut into shorts. And if the items are too worn down for functional use, repurpose thinner fabrics, like cotton tank tops, into cleaning rags; and thicker fabrics, like wool socks, can be repurposed into hand warmers for the winter.
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Thanks so much!
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Rebecca Gramuglia (she/her) | Public Relations Manager