Getting LEED certification is an ideal way to conserve energy and save money. The good news is- you can still make sustainable energy-saving options in your home to save money, without LEED certification. In the engineering industry, the certification stands for “Leadership in Energy or Environmental Design”, and consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. If you can’t attain the certification, don’t giving up on energy conservation! Here are 10 key ideas and tips on energy saving tips for everyday living:

1. With the onslaught of shale exploration and development, natural gas could be the answer to long-term energy consumption in our nation. The abundance of demand has given people the incentive to switch their heating systems from oil to natural gas, which will be a big savings over time. Stay tuned for future developments – your car may be next in the transition!

2. Reduce idling in your car – it gives you 0 miles per gallon
3. The strategic use of trees and landscape can be a natural coolant
4. Summer is approaching – collect rain water in barrels or buckets to water your plants and flowers
5. Take advantage of any information or program your electric company offers for keeping track of your energy consumption
6. The use of outlet plug covers is not just for baby proofing – they can also help stop the warm and cold air from escaping your home
7. Install foam gaskets behind outlet covers to insulate the area
8. Check for leaks and cracks in all of your doors and windows throughout the house
9. Unplug appliances or items you are not using on a daily basis
10. Adding insulation to your attic can make your home more comfortable year-round