It's National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!
There is a holiday for everything, but celebrating today’s event may give you the opportunity to save some cash! Today is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, celebrated each year on the 10th of January. This day first began with the Canadian Energy Alliance and has expanded throughout the world for its yearly observation.
Keeping our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer can be some of the most expensive bills paid throughout the year. Since our daily lives are highly reliant on the use of electricity, it is vital to study where efficiencies can be created in order to cut energy costs where possible. According to Energy.gov, homes account for 22% of the energy usage in the United States alone. So how can we look at our daily usage and cut corners in order to drive our monthly costs down? We’ve got you covered!
Here are 5 Ways to Cut ENERGY COSTS
1. Buy a programmable thermostat
An easy way to start saving money is to invest in a programmable thermostat to avoid wasting energy in your home. These allow you to set times for when the heating or air conditioning is on when you need it, and is off when you don’t.
2. Energy efficient appliances are the way to go
The idea of purchasing a new refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher or washer/dryer combo can be a daunting one, however, if you currently use an older, inefficient model, you could be shelling out more money per year on energy bills than what it would cost you to replace them altogether with energy efficient models. Take a look at each of your models and research whether or not they are using the most energy and whether or not you can save money by replacing the worst offenders.
3. Unplug your items
Getting in the habit of unplugging your unused appliances – laptops, chargers, etc. Plugged in electronics of any kind pull energy from outlets, so if you aren’t using those items, go ahead and get them out of the socket. Every little bit counts!
4. Check your water use
Do you know if your household is wasting water? Ignoring your water use can raise your water bill, but there is energy involved with the pumping of the water into your home as well as for heating it. Consider purchasing an energy-efficient shower-head and toilet, changing leaky faucets, and the simplest of all, keep the water off when you’re brushing your teeth.
5. LED lights are a good investment
LED bulbs may be a higher investment at first, but on average they last at least 15 times longer than standard bulbs, saving you big in the long run. You are receiving the same level of brightness for less energy, which means lower costs to you!
Did You Know?
According to the ENERGY STAR®, an average U.S. family can expect to pay at least $2,000 per year on energy bills.
In 2019, the average U.S. household used an average of 10,649 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration also reports that on average in 2019, the monthly bill for the use of electricity in residences was around $115.
Cut Your Energy Costs Day is your opportunity to take a look at your life and your home, and find ways of reducing how much energy you’re using. Not just for focusing on the winter months, this is your chance to address the year ahead and find out how to make your energy bills more affordable all year long.