It’s early October, and the annual holiday marketing onslaught is not too far away. “The more you spend, the more you save,” is one of my favorite crazy slogans. Does that really work on people? If you’ve spent $500 on new sweaters to save $100, you’ve just, um, spent $400.
Unless… you put on one of those sweaters, and then crank down your thermostat to save money on your heating bill. Love it!
Actually, there are a number of ways to invest in your home to reduce carbon emissions, save the planet and save money to boot. My family made some modest investments in fall 2015, and we are slowly recouping our money through lower bills. In fact, this year we used 9% less natural gas and 17% less electricity than during the previous 12 months.
Here’s how we did it. I live in a detached single-family home, but apartment and condo dwellers can apply some of these ideas.