Sherry Littlejohn: Hi, I am Sherry Littlejohn with Wells Fargo and Company. Saving energy is not only green, it will save you green.
Today we are discussing how you can be environmentally friendly and save lots of money in your home and at your office. If you combine energy savings in your home and your office, it can amount to thousands of dollars per year.
Using a programmable thermostat, you can save 10-20% on your heating and cooling bills. Floor and ceiling fans, space heaters when it's cold and well insulated windows and doors can help you further reduce your energy costs. You can switch to fluorescent lighting and cut down on your electric bill and the cost of replacing light bulbs.
In your kitchen, you can save energy by switching to energy star appliances. There are often federal and state tax credits available for many of these eco-friendly purchases. If you are trying to stay in your home or office for more than a few years, you may want to consider solar panels and other renewable energy.
There are many tax benefits available for you to install solar panels at your home or your business. Wells Fargo and other banks have offered financial rewards in addition to the tax credits to their customers who installed solar panels in their homes.
Being a safe driver is a great way to save energy. Cut down on auto-emissions and avoid accidents. How you drive your car can affect how much gas you have put in it. Smooth acceleration, using the cruise control and coasting to a stop can save a lot of gas.
You could also park your car altogether and try carpooling, or public transportation once or twice a weak. Switching to online financial statements for your bank, credit card and utility statements is very eco-friendly and will save the companies you do business with lots of money.
As of September 2010, Wells Fargo customers who switched to online statements helped us save more than 180,000 trees. If only 20% of American households switched from paper to electronic bills, statements and payments each year, the collective impact would avoid producing almost 1,297,863 tons of green house gasses.