It’s a New Year, and now is the perfect time to cut back on your energy costs. Taking the steps to cut your energy costs will not only save you money, but it will save our resources and the planet.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Make sure your home is sealed during the winter to avoid wasting heat. Close all fireplace dampers, windows, and make sure any cracks are sealed.
- Cool your home naturally in the summer by opening windows on cool nights.
- On nice days, hang your laundry out to dry instead of using the dryer.
- Replace regular incandescent light bulbs and fixtures with Energy Star qualified fluorescent lights.
- Unplug any appliances or devices that you are not using. Although they are not on, they are still drawing energy.
- Replace your old refrigerator. Refrigerators made before 1993 could be costing $140 a year in electricity. Even refrigerators built between 1993 and 2001 cost about $60 a year to run. By comparison, a new Energy Star rated refrigerator runs on about $20 a year.
- Only run your dishwasher when it is completely full to avoid running it multiple times in a day.
Everybody wants a little more money in their pockets. Attempting to save on energy will help you! You could save over $900 a year just by doing the basics. Imagine how much more you could save by finding more ways to save on your energy.