Positive Energy Habits To Take Into The New Year
After the holiday season, the focus tends to switch to cleaning up after the festivities, putting decorations away, organizing at home and setting some new resolutions to take care of yourself going into a new year.
While you’re in the mind space of setting resolutions, goals, routines and good habits for a fresh start this year, keep these energy-saving activities in mind. They’ll come in handy for improving your home’s energy efficiency and you could be seeing the results of your efforts by lowering your power bill!
Set a timer for your lights
Setting it and forgetting it isn’t only convenient for you, it’s energy efficient! Making sure your lights are off while you’re not home during the day or remembering to turn off outdoor lights before you go to bed saves energy. Look into setting your lights up to run on automatic timers so you don’t even have to think about it.
Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances
If you’re in the market for a new appliance, get into the habit of looking at energy efficiency ratings while you’re shopping. Old or less tech savvy appliances consume more electricity than new ones, so consider upgrading to ENERGY STAR efficient products.
Do your chores at night
For many people, the habit is to come home from work and start getting things done at home. By shifting your schedule to do chores that involve electricity – like laundry, vacuuming and running the dishwasher – slightly later in the evening, you’ll avoid using the power during peak times when demand is higher. You could also save on heating and cooling costs by not running these heat-generating appliances during the warmest parts of the day.
Unplug appliances when you’re not using them
Many appliances that are plugged in but turned off will pull a small amount of electricity. Your best bet to save that energy? Unplug things like toasters, coffee pots gaming systems and cable boxes when they’re not in use, and especially if you’re going on vacation.
Wash your clothes in cold water
90% of the average washing machine’s total energy output goes toward heating water. Washing your clothes in cold water is an energy-efficient alternative that still effectively removes dirt and stains.
Close doors and curtains
Insulation and weather stripping is a big part of managing your home’s energy usage. By knowing when to close interior doors and pull the curtains during the day, you can help keep the heat or cool air in the room. For example, if it’s chilly outside but the sun is shining into your windows, it can help warm up your home, or if it’s cool outside with no sunshine, keeping the curtains closed can help regulate the temperature.
Doing this makes it easier for your heating and cooling unit to function and, therefore, uses less energy. Keeping drafts out and managing your airflow inside could save you energy and money each year!
Use smart technology at home
Setting your home up for automation makes managing your household much easier and can also cut down your energy use. Using smart thermostats and mobile controls to regulate your home settings while you’re away will help you avoid unnecessary use of energy. Many of the accompanying apps for these technologies will also help you monitor and analyze just how much you’re using each function so you can be smart about your schedules and settings.
If you want to get more specific on how you can save money by being energy efficient at home, our Home Energy House Call program is available for more personal recommendations. A Santee Cooper Energy Advisor can come to your home and give you customized advice on how you can make your home more energy efficient and comfortable.
On top of that, we offer rebates to help you save when you’re putting these habits into practice and making energy upgrades at home. We’ll help you find qualifying equipment and save even more on your home improvements.
Kick off your new year by saving energy and money. Creating positive energy habits will help you maintain those new routines and resolutions at home all year long!