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Eligo’s 5 tips to save on energy this winter
Understanding what your energy does for you and how to maximize resources in the new year
Written by Lindsey 1/11/2018
Coming into 2018 with fresh ideas, goals, and a positive outlook on the future gives us the feels. Gyms are full, at home cooking is in full force, and there is a general sense of great change to come. Self betterment is always in the forefront when we think of resolutions, but we sometimes lose sight of smaller, more manageable goals that can give us the momentum to perpetuate our positive vibes. Instead of being over-eager, and later overwhelmed by our ambitious goals, we need to understand what it takes to create our desired behavioral change. Instead, smaller, more manageable goal-setting gives us a platform from which to build upon without draining our energy mentally, staring at that perfect version of ourselves that’s not yet in reach.
A way to start small: Sitting down with your utility expenses. We know, sounds rather rudimentary. Looking at your utility expenses (or expenses of any kind) can be daunting and at the same time seem trivial. Think of this as a step toward a behavioral change. Maybe you want to be in control of your finances and pay down debt, or start saving for a large investment (home/car/boat/personal training/etc). Remembering that small steps lead to big change is key for you to stick to your plan and see your goals come into fruition. There is no better time to kickstart assessing and understanding your resource allocation for the coming year (especially when jack frost is nipping at, well, everything and making it easy to hibernate). We’ve compiled a list of tips tricks and links to not only take ownership of your utility usages and expenditures, but also to provide some winter warmth in these chilly months.
Energy Saving $Tips
- Invest in LED lights. Opt for Energy Star certified LED Christmas lights instead of inefficient older lights (find them here). You can also take your old lights to Home Depot for cash toward a new set: HomeDepot.com LED Savings for average household can be $1,000 over a 10-year period. USA Today
- Clean air ducts. To make sure fresh, allergen-free air flows through your home throughout the winter, clean your ducts. Filthy ducts clog up faster and force your system to work overtime. Consider Duct Cleaning Your air ducts can account for about 20% of your energy usage. Learn the advantages here.
- Seal up cracks. Minor cracks and gaps in windows and doorways can allow cold air to seep in, leading to higher energy bills. Apply caulk or weather stripping where cold air might creep in, such as around doors and windows. Visual inspection as well as other, more creative inspections are considered on Energy.gov Savings for the average household vary, however you can cover all of your bases by following the tips on Energy.gov’s air-sealing article. Get the scoop here.
- 45% — The portion of your energy bill that goes to heating. According to the Department of Energy, heating is the largest expense in the average American home. Install weather stripping to doors and utilizing plastic insulation for your windows will keep costs down considerably. Learn how to install here.
- Lower your thermostat setting when you leave for the day. Keeping your home at a constant temperature does not save any money or energy. Chicago Tribune mentions that “you save up to 1 percent per year on your heating bill for each degree you set back the thermostat for eight hours, such as when you’re sleeping or at work. A 10-degree drop could be 10 percent savings”. Get all the information on energy saving myth busts here.
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