January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day and I have to give a little shout-out to our homebuilder, Woodside Homes, for making us a home with some really great energy saving features. We’ve noticed a significant decrease in our electric bill without making any big changes in our home electric behaviors.
Woodside has done a lot of the energy saving for us, but we can always do better as a family in reducing our energy consumption. You can try these tips too and save yourself some money.
In the winter months, lower your home’s heat setting by a few degrees. Lowering your thermostat by just 7° to 10°F for an 8-hour period can save you up to 10% per year. Maybe lower it while everyone’s at work or school?
Program your thermostat so heating and cooling is more consistent. Although you may be used to manually adjusting your thermostat, programming it to run at certain times and at certain temperatures will help avoid spikes in run time which costs money. In the winter months, try setting it to run cooler at night when everyone’s already snug in their beds.
In the summer months, lower your water heater by one full setting. The higher the setting the more gas you need to keep your water that hot. Water heating accounts for 18% of the energy consumed in your home.
Use less water. I know, this one can be hard, but some easy ways to do this are spending less time in the shower, washing only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine, and cutting a few minutes off each watering zone in the yard.
Simple measures like these will save you money and still maintain a comfy home.
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