Parents may ask kids to turn off the lights. They may talk themselves blue in the face in the hopes that their children make the connection between the light switch and climate change. But do they really?
Using energy efficiently starts at home with simple actions like turning off the lights or computer when they're not being used. The challenge is getting people -- especially kids -- to flip that switch to "off."
"The most important single change for most Americans would be to trade in their gas-guzzler for a more fuel-efficient car... At today's gas prices, that would save you as much as $18,000 over the 15-year life of the car."
If you carry balances on multiple cards, always make at least the minimum payments to avoid penalties. Paying down the highest-rate card first will save the most money overall, but some people find that paying off smaller-balanced accounts first is a better motivator.
Twenty years in, we still have a bold vision, one in which the Energy Star program helps millions of people -- in the U.S. and around the world -- save money, protect their health and the environment, and strengthen an economy that's built to last.
After four years of coping with a stagnant economy, probably the last thing you want to hear is how important it is to sock away money for a rainy day -- you already know that. But hear me out, just in case.
Between holiday shopping bills now due, increased winter heating bills and the upcoming income tax season, many people are feeling the pinch right now. Your best bet for getting back on track is to trim expenses.