New Year’s Resolution: Save Energy!

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Looking for a New Year’s resolution that’s impactful and easy to keep? Saving energy in your home will help both your pocket book and the planet! Here are five simple steps you can take.

Lights Off!

If you don’t need to keep a light on in a room, then be sure to turn it off. You’ll save electricity and will expand the operating life of your light bulbs. You may wish to consider changing the types of light bulbs you use in your home as well – compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), for example, use less energy than regular incandescent lights.

Think Twice When Using the Heater…

Yes, blasting the heater and turning your home into a human greenhouse might seem like the best way to beat the winter chills, but think of how much energy you are wasting. Do you really need to turn on the heat, or will an extra sweater or blanket suffice? The same goes for heating the water. Using cold water for cooking or washing clothes is often just as effective as (and sometimes better than) using hot water.

…and the Air Conditioner

When the weather gets warm, it may be tempting to turn on the AC, but there are plenty of eco-friendly ways to cool down your house. Closing your doors, windows and drapes, for example, will keep out the warm air and sunshine. You can also use a fan to cool down (though, if you are using an electric fan, be sure to turn it off when you leave the room).

Use Water Wisely

Wasting water is one of the biggest mistakes that many of us make. Often times, we lose track of time when taking a shower or will do more loads of laundry or dishes than necessary. This is more costly than you might thing. Showers usually use 20 liters of water per minute, while washing machines and dishwashers use a good amount of both water and electricity. Try taking shorter showers and waiting until you have a full load of laundry and dishes before running your machines.

Unplug Chargers

Unless you are actively charging batteries or electronic devices, you don’t need to keep chargers plugged in. Chargers tend to draw power from plugs even when they’re not in use. So if you see a charger without a device attached to it, make sure to pull the plug!

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