4 easy ways to go green on Earth Day

Students from 'Beginners Learning Alternative Designs for Energy' with their home-built electric bicycle at an Earth Day Festival at ACC Riverside Campus.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tuesday marked the 44th annual Earth Day. To celebrate, KXAN identified four easy things you can do in your own home to be more environmentally friendly – and save money while you’re at it.

The first tip, composting, can actually make you money.

Almost half of all trash that ends up in the landfill is actually compostable material. By collecting food scraps and other organic waste, you can qualify for a $75 rebate through Austin Resource Recovery.

  • To qualify for the composting rebate, you’ll need to take a free online composting class, fill out a rebate application form, and buy a home composting system. Click here for more information.

Inside of your house, a programmable thermostat that turns the air off when you don’t need it costs about $30, and the energy you save will make you that money back in just a few months.

Another easy way to save is by installing LED light bulbs. Six of these use less energy than just one conventional light bulb. You can replace lights in your home for about $10 each.

Finally, you can save big money up in the attic.

Rolling out a foil radiant barrier is two to three times more efficient at keeping the summer heat from seeping into your house. This add-on costs about $100.

Austin Energy is encouraging homeowners to take these steps.

“It’s really time to tighten up on consumption and just be cognizant of your use,” said Marta McDougle, Conservation Program Associate with Austin Energy.

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