Every year, January 10th is dubbed National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. It’s a day set aside to help homeowners identify ways to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency. National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages homeowners to explore their options and keep up with scheduled maintenance.
The first and best way to celebrate National Cut Your Energy Costs Day is to get in and assess your entire home, or call in a professional to have it done. There’s a lot of things to consider that may just slip under your radar. We’ve got suggestions for you below.
It is often in the little things that you do that can save you big money on your energy bill, such as:
- Weatherproof your home
- Replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows
- Replace old furnace with new energy-efficient furnace
- Properly maintain furnace
- Use solar heat if possible
- Turn down thermostats
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Turning off lights when leaving a room
- Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs
- Run dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded
- Lower water heater temperature
- Take shorter showers
- Unplug unused appliances
- Carpool whenever possible
- Use smart power strips to power multiple electronics
- Don’t leave your cell phone plugged in overnight
Fun facts about National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!
- Every year, U.S. households average about 11,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity.
- LED bulbs might cost twice as much as CFL bulbs, but LEDs last three times longer.
- Caulking air leaks in your home and weather-stripping around doors and windows can save about 6% on your heating and cooling costs.
- Refrigerators more than 10 years old might cost an extra $110 per year to run. Buying a new fridge and recycling the old one will save you money in the long run.
- Household appliances account for about 20-30% of the electricity used in the average American home.
To learn more about National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, or other national calendar days, visit National Calendar Day.
Not yet a homeowner, but thinking about it? We’ve got some New Year’s Resolutions to Become A Homeowner in 2023 for you. Acadia Lending Group is always available to answer any questions that you may have, just give us a call!