You’re wasting so much energy when you do these common things

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 07: A convention attendee looks at the new Whirlpool Duet programmable washing machine and dryer at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Custom cycles for various types of stains and clothing can be programmed and saved on both the washer and dryer, which cost USD 1599 each. There is also a stain-assist application to help the user get laundry clean. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 9 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 126,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Life gets busy and eventually we just fall into a common routine with our daily tasks. We all have specific ways that we do certain things, small daily rituals that just feel right. Well, did you know that these common tasks are costing you more money, and hurting the environment, more that you may thing?

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Take a little time to be conscious about these 4 energy wasting daily tasks and your bank account will thank you.

  1. Washing your clothes in warm water. You can save 80% more energy if you wash your clothes in cold water.
  2. Throwing away plastic bags. Many grocery stores will recycle the plastic bags that you use, all you have to do is return them. Better yet, bring your own bags!
  3. Letting the water run. We get it, sometimes you let the water run a little longer than usual when you’re brushing your teeth or removing your makeup, but be aware. A running sink wastes a gallon and a half of water per minute. Here is a quick tip- brush your teeth in shower!
  4. Leaving the lights on. Artificial lights waste a lot of energy. Make it a habit to turn lights off when you leave a room.
  5. Cooking food in the oven. Using a microwave can save you up to 50% in energy.

Get green and save green!

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