January 10, 2019 is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day which is a day for all of us to take a deep hard look at how our homes and businesses consume energy. By taking a hard look, we can start to find ways of reducing our overall energy consumption.
First established by the CEEA, (Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance), National Cut Your Energy Costs Day isn’t just about the winter months. This is your chance to address energy consumption year-round. By doing so, your energy bills are guaranteed to stay consistently low 365 days a year.
During the winter most homes experience increased energy costs due to cold weather. However there are many ways to keep those prices down. Continue reading this article to find out ways to reduce your energy costs.
Tip number one is to fix air leaks around your home by using foam inserts, weather stripping and caulk. These items can be found reasonably priced at your local hardware store and they’re easy to implement.
Tip number two during the winter is to take shorter showers and turn off all electricity when leaving a room. These quick and easy habits can go a long way to help you save a lot of green.
Tip number three is to remember to change your furnace filter every three months. Changing your filter will extend the life of your furnace, reduce energy bills and improve indoor air quality. This simple tip alone could save you more money than you think.
Tip number four is to unplug DVD players, battery chargers, TVs and other appliances when not in use. They use energy constantly. If unplugging your DVD player or TV is not an option then adjust the energy saver settings from their respective device menu. By doing so, these devices will automatically save energy when not in use.
Tip number five is to check your insulation. Proper insulation reduces heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. You can save $100s a year by insulating attics, exterior walls, under floors, heat ducts and hot water pipes.
Tip number six is to install a programmable thermostat, preferably one with “learning” capabilities like the Nest Learning Thermostat. This type of thermostat will learn your tendencies and program themselves to automatically adjust the temperature. You can still manually set your Nest thermostat when necessary.
As an added bonus, the Nest Learning Thermostat will let you know when you’re saving energy with your adjustments. And it even turns itself off when you’re away.
These simple tips will help you lower your energy costs year-around.
Happy National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!