Quick Tips To Cut Energy Costs:
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
When you were compiling your list of New Years resolutions for 2013, did you consider your financial position or living expenses in any way, shape, or form? We’re always first to think about our weight and habits, but what about your energy costs? Thursday, January 10th is "National Cut Your Costs Day". It isn’t too late to modify or add on to your resolutions lists, so why not consider reducing your energy consumption — and save money in the process, too?
Here are a few quick tips on how you can cut energy costs this year:
Use power strips for your computers, televisions, DVD players, and any other home electronics. Flip the switch OFF whenever they are not in use. Even though your appliances aren’t in use – don’t forget that they’re still running on phantom energy. If you don’t use power strips, unplug them when they are not being used.
Check for cracks or any openings around the house that are allowing outside air to come inside. Utilize insulation and drastically reduce your heating and cooling costs. Air sealing with greatly increase your energy efficiency around the house.
Rather than subject yourself to the high-rising utility rate increases imposed by your electric company, lock in a secure and much more affordable rate when you install solar panels in your home. You will use the same amount of energy, but pay much less with solar panels.
Opt out of screensaver mode and start using sleep mode with all of your computers. Did you know that screensaver mode uses approximately 100 Watts/hour on your graphics card? Let your screen go black and skip on the slideshow pictures of landscapes and flowers… seriously!
Compact florescent lightbulbs (CFLs) last up to 10 times longer and use 1/4 of the energy that incandescents consume. Switch out your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs last up to 10 times longer than and use about one-fourth the energy of incandescents. Change out your lightbulbs
*Also check out Pro Energy Saving Tips for Your Home (February 2012) if you are looking for more tips or resources on how to save and cut on your energy costs!