How to Cut Energy Costs This Year

By: Symone Grady

iStock-508187168-3.jpgIt's National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, and what better way to celebrate than to learn how to save energy? Below you will find a list of tried and true ways to live a more energy efficient life and save money while doing it (Win-Win)!

  • Change or clean your AC's air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
  • Make saving automatic: Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" and save up to $25 a month. Leaving it in the "on" position keeps air running constantly.
  • Decorate for a cooler home by hanging light-colored curtains that allow light to enter a room while blocking some of the sun’s rays, and using light-colored paint to reflect heat.
  • Add door sweeps to stop conditioned air from escaping through the gap under your doors. 
  • Consider a laptop next time you're looking to buy a computer – they use less energy than desktop computers.
  • In winter months raise the temperature slowly to keep your bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump's temperature activates the heat strip, which uses more energy.

  • iStock-503043631.jpgSet your thermostat to 68-70 degrees
    during the day in the winter, and 65-68 degrees at night. For every degree you reduce, you’ll save 10 percent or more on your heating costs.
  • Heat your home with the sun's help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
  • Wash with cold water whenever possible -- you could save between $30 and $40 per year.
  • Wash and dry several loads at once, so that your dryer isn't completely cooled down when it heats up for the next load.
  • Swap out your standard bulbs. Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs last up to 10 times longer and use 75 percent less energy than standard bulbs.
  • Keep your freezer full – it uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.

What are some ways you cut energy costs? Comment below!

Source: Duke Energy


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