January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! What better time to focus on lowering your energy bill than now? Doing so will help you save a few bucks and create a positive impact on the environment. Forming small habits to implement in your daily life is a great way to begin! Check out these simple ways to cut energy costs.
1. Utilize Power Strips
Did you know that some of your plugged-in electronics are still utilizing electricity, even if they’re turned off? This is known as a “phantom load” or “vampire energy” and occurs when an electronic is powered off but still plugged into an outlet. Toasters, TVs, phone chargers, printers, and more — unbeknownst to you, many of your electronics may be using power. One of the simplest ways to take charge of managing this issue is by utilizing power strips. In doing so, you can turn all of these electronics on and off as needed to eliminate phantom loads.
2. Swap Out Your Lightbulbs
Consider swapping out your traditional light bulbs for LED light bulbs! This simple change can make a significant impact. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, LEDs use at least 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. Not to mention, these bulbs also last longer! While LED bulbs may be more expensive up front, they’ll save you money in the long run.
3. Cut Back on the Hot Water
Showers, washing machines, dishwashers, and even basic sink usage can be costly. The reason being? Hot water! According to the Department of Energy, water heating accounts for about 18% of your energy bill. With that being said, try to cut back on the usage and wasting of hot water. Take shorter showers or wash your clothes with cold or warm water. Another simple way to cut back on water waste is by fixing any leaks. If you have a leaky faucet, submit a service request, and our maintenance team can remedy the issue. These simple steps can help you conserve hot water and save on your energy bills.
4. Stock Your Fridge and Freezer
Having a stocked fridge and freezer doesn’t only mean you’re equipped with tasty food and snacks to choose from. Believe it or not, it can also help you save energy! When you open your refrigerator or freezer door, the warm air from the kitchen enters. As a result, your fridge and freezer have to utilize energy to recool. However, if it’s full of food, there’s less air space. Consequently, your fridge won’t have to work as hard to keep things cool, saving you energy! Not to mention, you’ll enjoy having a wide selection of foods on hand.
For National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, try implementing some of these energy-saving tips! There are many different ways to cut energy costs. The simplest way to start is by changing a few simple habits! Cutting back your shower time, swapping out light bulbs, or simply unplugging unused electronics can help you in the long run.
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