Going Green Isn't Just for St Patrick’s Day - USAA Member Community


While it is time to wear green and look for four leaf clovers, it is also a good time to consider making some “greener” choices for your home. Not only will this be better for our environment, but can significantly reduce your energy usage for your home; saving you some green!


Here are 3 ways you can “go green” in your home:


Heating and cooling tips


  • Set thermostats to a reasonable temperature. It should be turned down at night and when no one is home. According to the International Association of Home Inspectors, “In most homes, about 2% of the heating bill will be saved for each degree that the thermostat is lowered for at least eight hours each day. Turning down the thermostat from 75° F to 70° F, for example, saves about 10% on heating costs”.

  • Ensure air filters are cleaned and changed regularly, this is to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling unit.

  • Keep blinds and curtains closed at night to keep cold air out, but open during the day to let the sun warm the room.

  • Use ceiling fans (when you are in the room). They should run clockwise during the summer and counter-clockwise during the winter.



  • Chargers used for laptops and cell phones consume energy when they are plugged in (even when your devices are not charging). When they are not connected, chargers should be unplugged.

  • Consider using a power strip: Plugging chargers, computers, televisions, gaming consoles and printers into a power strip that lets you turn them off with one switch. Added bonus if the power strip turns off automatically when devices are not in use.

Habit Changes


  • Skip the bath and take a shower. “A five-minute shower will use about 7.5 gallons of hot water, while filling a bathtub can use up to 20 gallons”*.

  • Use smaller kitchen appliances whenever possible. Microwaves, toaster ovens and slow-cookers can use “75 percent less energy than a large electric oven”.*

  • Clean the lint out of the dryer before each use. A clogged lint screen can make your dryer use up to “30 percent more energy - and it can be a fire hazard”.*
    *Statistics from powerhouse

  • Try air drying laundry (less wrinkles and your clothes last longer!)

Consider implementing some of the suggestions above to save money on your electric bills and you can skip trying to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow this St Patrick’s day!


How do you cut down on your energy bills? Please share in the comments.



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Regular Visitor

Does USAA offer free estimates for your home (dealing with electric, energy saving, air ducts, etc)

Cynthia USAA
USAA Service
USAA Service


Thank you for your inquiry. To make sure we provide the right information. What type of estimates are you referring to?