It’s National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! To help you get in the spirit, we’re giving you five ways you can reduce your energy costs to get a little extra money in your savings account.
- Seal your house! It’s Wisconsin and it’s winter. That means the elements are working against us when it comes to keeping our homes a comfortable temperature. Having a window and door inspection to ensure there’s no extra draft can be huge when it comes to reducing the cold air coming in. Also, you can buy plastic insulation that attaches to your windows or a draft blocker for your door to ensure your fighting off as much of the cold as possible.
- Completely turn off or unplug the devices you’re not using. Laptop chargers, DVD players or desktop computers left on are costing you money, even when they’re not being used. Shut these devices down completely to save on energy that’s being completely wasted.
- Lower the temperature on your water heater. Lowering your water heater’s set temperature from the standard 140 degrees to 120 reduces the time it’s running, therefore saving you costs to heat water you might not even use.
- Program your thermostat. Have a thermostat you can set? Change it so that the temperature is lower when you are at work or sleeping. Then you’ll be saving costs without even thinking about it. Set it to start warming up 15 minutes before you arrive home and you’ll have a toasty home again in no time.
- Use LED bulbs. Replacing your lighting with strictly LED bulbs can have its upfront cost, but studies show it can save you up to $75 per year. These bulbs also last longer than your typical fluorescent light bulb. If you get a smart bulb, you can even track your energy usage straight from your app.
Have more ways to save on energy? Let us know in the comments!