Going green doesn't have to involve significant time and expense. Earth Week is a great time to get started, but you can conserve energy in a few small ways and save money at the same time. The following tips cost either nothing or very little up front, but the money savings can add up quickly over time.
Use cold water for laundry
Switch to cold water to wash your clothes. According to Procter & Gamble, makers of Tide Coldwater Clean laundry dergent, 80 percent of the energy used in the wash process goes toward heating the water. Tide is promoting cold water washing and their Tide Coldwater Clean product this week with their #TurnToCold campaign.
Use your TV's sleep timer
Use the sleep timer on your television set. Nearly all televisions, even many older ones, have sleep timers. If you feel like you need to have the television set on while falling asleep, set the sleep timer to turn it off after 60 or 90 minutes.
TV manufacturers base the numbers on their yellow Energy Guide sticker on an average of five hours a day of viewing time. Depending on your daytime viewing habits, TV size and local electricity rates, you could pay $50 or even $100 more per year by leaving the television set run all night.