Happy New Year! It's almost 2022 folks, and that means it's time to get your New Year's resolutions in order.

You may have already resolved to go to the gym or eat heathier, and that's great, but I challenge you to also create an #EnergyResolution that will save money while saving energy all year long.

The Energy Saver bloggers were up to the challenge and have developed some great energy-saving resolutions you can try yourself.

More Efficient Heating and Cooling

Programmable thermostats can store and repeat six or more daily settings that will automatically increase or decrease the temperature to maximize savings without sacrificing comfort. For example, by turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill.

Portable heaters are a great way to implement zonal heating. In some cases, small space heaters can be less expensive to use if you only want to heat one room or supplement inadequate heating in one room.

Better Home Weatherization

Professional energy assessments, also known as home energy audits, help you pinpoint where your house is losing energy and what you can do to save money. In fact, you can save 5% to 30% on your energy bill if you make the efficiency upgrades identified in the home energy audit.

While a professional home energy assessment is best, you can also conduct your own DIY assessment to address more obvious issues in your home, like air leaks. To determine where there are air leaks, conduct a visual inspection of the outside of your home where two different building materials meet. Inside your home, look for any cracks or gaps that could be creating an air leak. Then, when you find a leak, seal it!

Greener Commuting

Carpooling, taking public transit, or biking to work are great ways to save money and reduce carbon emissions. If you can't commute alternatively, try to use our transportation tips like combining errands, maintaining your car, and not idling (even in the winter!).

Saving energy doesn't have to be costly or time consuming. Small everyday changes can add up to big savings. So create your own #EnergyResolution and tell us on social media by using #EnergyResolution or commenting on one of our existing posts.