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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Energy Savings

How long does the typical resolution last?

Many Americans resolve to lose weight and get in shape in January.

Gyms know this. Their membership roster fills up in January. But not too long into February membership rates fall again.

People realize the work it takes to lose weight and keep it off. And they’re not willing to sustain it.

There’s no doubt about it: making any change is tough. It’s human nature to fall into a predictable routine and sustain it, even if it’s not necessarily a healthy one.

But when you see the extra dollars in your bank account at the end of the month, you may feel extra motivated to keep energy savings as your priority.

What can you do in 2020? Here’s what:

1. Install LED Light Bulbs Everywhere

LEDs have finally become affordable. CFLs are now on their way out. You no longer have a reason not to install LEDs.

So, install LED light bulbs in every room of your home. And watch your energy bill plummet.

2. Full Loads Only

This goes for your dishwasher, washing machine, and drier. They use approximately the same amount of energy for partial loads as they do full loads.

So…fill yours up. That leads to fewer loads. And greater energy savings.

3. Fill Your Freezer

…Or use a smaller one if you don’t keep yours full. Just like your dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer, your freezer uses the same or even more energy for partial loads as it does for a full load.

So…fill your freezer.

4. Consider Buying New Appliances

Retailers slash their prices in January because buying slows down during this month.

So, that means it can be a good time to find highly energy efficient appliances at a bargain rate.

How old are the major appliances in your home?

If some are over a decade, consider replacing them with newer models.

5. Keep Your Water Heater in Check

That warm water feels oh-so-comfortable in the shower. However, it comes at a premium. Your water heater is one of the leading consumers of energy in your home.

Set your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees or less. You’ll still get comfortable hot water.

And you’ll save some energy and money too.

None of these resolutions is overly difficult. Write yourself a set of instructions you post on the wall if you have to.

But most of all, enjoy the extra money they put in your pocket!

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