The average American spends about $160 per month on electricity, not to mention the energy needed for other household appliances.

By using Energy Star appliances and electronics, you can save a significant amount of energy. For example, by switching to Energy Star dishwasher or refrigerator, you can reduce your monthly electricity cost by up to 10 percent.

Beyond saving money, cutting back on electricity also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that an individual who replaces an old refrigerator with a new Energy Star model will prevent as much as 3,800 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in one year.

Switching out your old light bulbs with LED bulbs is just one way you can make a difference! Other ways for environmental preservation includes:

Recycle paper

Paper can be recycled into new products, such as cereal boxes and toilet paper.

Carpool

One of the easiest ways to save the environment is to carpool with friends, coworkers or neighbors. You not only reduce your carbon footprint by carpooling, but you also save some money on gas.