"Keeping things simple" and "getting back to basics" are two ideals that help people keep promises, including New Year's resolutions. On this, National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, it is a good idea to be reminded that saving energy and money can be pretty straightforward. So here are 10 ways to keep that resolution to save money and energy in 2022:
- Seek alternatives for saving money on fuel and increasing your vehicle's fuel efficiency. That can be as simple as changing your driving habits, using different types of fuel, or even purchasing a more fuel efficient and clean energy vehicle.
- Install a programmable thermostat and make sure it is set to the optimal settings. Turning back the thermostat overnight or when nobody is home can potentially save around 10% or more a year on heating and cooling costs.
- Check for air leaks and apply caulking and weatherstripping. Even if you have recently taken our advice and done this, double check to make certain no leaks were missed and see if any caulk or weatherstripping needs to be replaced.
- Check to make certain the attic is properly insulated. Attics are one of the most important as well as often one of the easiest places in a house to insulate.
- Seal and insulate the foundation walls of any unventilated crawl spaces and check for moisture and deterioration problems.
- Landscape with water conservation in mind and triple check the sprinkler system schedule to make certain there are no leaks and to optimize water coverage.
- Keep the hot water heater at 120°F and install a hot water heater insulating blanket. These two tips can save up to 15% in energy costs.
- Ensure any appliances and electronics purchased throughout the year are ENERGY STAR rated, which use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment.
- Kill phantom energy loads (aka "vampire power") by unplugging appropriate electronics and appliances when they are not in use.
- Continue evangelizing how easy it is to save money and energy at home!
For more money and energy saving tips, visit energy.gov/energysaver.
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