This Year, Organize Your Energy
Along with any other New Year’s resolution you may have made, why not add saving on your electric bill the list? Here are a few simple tips to help you get organized and start an achievable path to saving energy. First, we’ll take a look at three important steps when considering energy efficiency projects: information gathering, planning and taking action.
Start by gathering information
Begin by reviewing your 2020 energy bills. Knowing how and when you use energy can help you decide how ambitious your plan should be. If you have questions about your past bills or energy use, give your electric co-op a call –– we’re available to help you understand your energy bills.
Develop a plan
Now that you’ve gathered the information you need, you can develop a plan. If your priority is cutting energy costs, you can select the measure that will deliver the most savings. Maybe you’re already planning to do work on your home, such as roofing or renovating, and you can incorporate energy efficiency strategies into that project. To complete your plan, you’ll likely need to check with local contractors or suppliers about costs.
Now that your planning is done, it’s time to take action. If you’re tackling any major energy efficiency projects that require a contractor, remember to do your research and hire a licensed, reputable professional.
In addition to energy efficiency projects and upgrades, there are other ways you can get organized to save energy:
- Replace filters regularly. A clean filter can improve the performance of your heating and cooling system and reduce the electricity needed to pump air through your ductwork. Replace the filter now if it’s been a while, then set a reminder on your phone, online calendar or paper calendar for the next replacement. Filters should be replaced every month if you’re using an inexpensive filter or every three months if you’re using a higher-quality filter.
- Check the thermostat. Heating and cooling your home account for the most energy use, so setting your thermostat to match your lifestyle can make a major difference. Consider installing a programmable or smart thermostat, which can help your heating and cooling unit operate more efficiently.
- Install LED lightbulbs. Replacing incandescent light bulbs can save you approximately $100 a year on an average home.
We hope by taking a little time to complete these steps, you’ll be well on your way to a more energy efficient 2021!
A dirty filter can drive up energy costs. Compare the new filter (left) to the 90-day old filter (right).
A programmable thermostat can help you reduce energy use when you don’t need to be heating or cooling your home. (pictured at top)
And LED light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular incandescent bulbs.