For many people, the holiday season can be a time of indulgence, which often leads to overspending on gifts and festive meals with family and friends. But the New Year brings with it the promise of a fresh start, and financially-themed promises are among the most popular resolutions made each year. One easy way to start saving money is to become more conscious of your energy efficiency at home, and take steps to improve it. These energy-efficient New Year’s resolutions will help you cut back on your spending, and your carbon footprint!
Start using power strips
Some home appliances and electronics draw power even when they’re in standby mode. Also known as “phantom loads” or “vampire loads”, this lost power can account for a large percentage of your monthly energy bill. This year, eliminate lost power by identifying which appliances and electronics are using power when in the off positions, and putting them on a power strip with an off button. To make things even easier, you can purchase a “smart power strip”, which works to reduce your power usage by automatically shutting down power to products that go into standby mode.
Replace inefficient appliances
Your refrigerator, followed by your washer and dryer, are likely the largest sources of energy consumption in your home. But older models don’t always adhere to newer federal regulations that have mandated energy rating and efficiency improvements. This year, make a commitment to choose ENERGY STAR®-rated models if you’re replacing old appliances or lighting in your home. These products are typically in the top 15-30 percent of their class and can save you a substantial amount of money on your monthly energy bill.
There are many small changes you can make in your day-to-day routine at home that will positively impact your carbon footprint and your energy savings. Using ENERGY STAR® products, using less paper and fixing leaky faucets are just a few resolutions you should consider for the New Year. Check out these 10 ways to go green at home for more tips!
Get with the program
If you haven’t already made the switch to a programmable thermostat, the New Year is a great time to start realizing the savings. By programming your thermostat to lower your home’s temperature when you’re asleep or at work, you could save more than $100 per year on your energy bill according to ENERGY STAR®.
Call the professionals
If you haven’t had professional maintenance done on your HVAC system in a while, or had a home energy audit completed to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient, the New Year is a great time to commit to doing so.
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