Excessive energy usage is damaging to both the environment and your bank account. Forgetting to turn off ceiling fans, home lighting and other electrical supplies drives up utility costs, while enlarging your carbon footprint to a harmful degree. In addition, constantly running the shower, washing machine, dryer or A/C unit wastes valuable resources like clean water and air flow.

Instead, combat these ecological and financial hazards by learning to become more energy efficient in your everyday life. The following infographic outlines simple, practical and cost-effective tips that will make your home “greener,” while paring down your monthly bills. So, check out these pointers on how to maximize overall electricity, central cooling and appliance usage, which can also positively reduce your environmental impact in the process.

8 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bill this Summer

Graphic provided courtesy of Artic Air Services in Bradenton, Florida.