Going Green - Saves Green

Whether you believe in global warming or not, the government is giving away benefits upon benefits to energy saving technologies. We all know that natural energy like wind, water, and solar are what our energy sources of the future will be. The newest incentives from the government are from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, along with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. These acts can save you green!

If you want to save more green, you may want to start by looking into your current utilities. Look at your bills and see what you can live without. What can be changed is a great question to ask. Instead of blasting your heat all winter, try buying a plug in heater for a room. Something as simple as that can save you green on your gas bill. There are tax incentives to buy the energy efficient light bulbs, and you can also save green by turning off the lights that are not in use. Efficient water faucets and shower heads can save you on your water bill.

A group known as Eco Consulting, along with DTE, and Consumers Energy have a program that saves you green by installing up to eight energy efficient light bulbs for free, along with installing the low flow faucets aerators and shower heads. This program is free until the $10 million runs out. They also will help with an energy saving audit for lighting and the heat plans. The right qualifications can get the groups to pay for 60 to 85% of the entire cost (materials and labor) in common areas, interior and exterior.

Not only is your government giving you incentives, but groups like this are putting themselves out there to help you. Start looking around at your co-operative and ask your counsels about these new acts that can help you save green. It could be as simple as turning off a light.