Make energy-saving resolutions

Make energy-saving resolutions

January 1 has come and gone but it’s not too late to start a New Year resolution to conserve energy. And while you’re at it, why not add a second resolution…save money! If you’re serious about these resolutions, commit to one or more of the energy-saving tips below in 2011:

• Kill phantom energy loads by unplugging appliances when you’re not using them.
• Keep your hot water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit and install a hot water heater insulating blanket. These two tips can save up to 15 percent in energy costs.
• Confirm that your programmable thermostat is set to the optimal settings. Turning back the thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees when you’re not at home can save you around 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills.
• Check for air leaks in and around your home then apply caulking and weather stripping where needed.
• Purchase energy-efficient products, operate them efficiently, and incorporate more daylight into your home using energy-efficient windows and skylights.
• Analyze your energy bills. One of the best ways to truly understand how your home consumes energy is carefully reviewing your monthly utility bills.
• Only use rechargeable batteries. Aim to make your batteries rechargeable, a far cheaper option than constantly replacing them.

You can find more “easy-to-stick-to” energy-saving tips on the Energy Service website for utility customers or DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy site for individuals.

What energy saving habits do you plan to start this year?

7 Comments

  • By Elena, January 31, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    Very useful information on energy saving, thanks. No secret that energy saving also saves the environment thus helps resisting the global warming. For quite a while we’ve been thinking about how to reduce energy consumption at a micro level, i.e. in an ordinary home, taking into account tips from local environmental organisation, and that really helped. However this article provided more food for thought and more useful tips. Some of the tips we cannot yet apply however we already started using energy-saving bulbs and rechargeable batteries. Analyzing energy bills led me to thinking that maybe you could post some more tips on energy savings for families, e.g. how to save energy if you word all day at your home computer, or what to do in summer when the heat urges people to use air-conditioners and the energy consumption boosts dramatically. Thanks.

  • By aly moon, March 18, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    When attempting to minimzie the rate of heat exchange or in other words the amount of heat loss from your water heater any added layers of insulation helps.
    I personnally think a hot water heater is any incredible waste of electricity or gas and am looking into using a solar and/or tankless heater in our new house

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    New technologies take advantage of natural resources for power generation, we should definitely make use of them if we want to make a good future for coming generations. Renewable energy is the solution in many cases to save the planet major problems.
    Our children will thank.

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