• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Celebrate National Cut Your Energy Costs Day: 20 tips to save energy & money

If you are interested in cutting costs and saving a few bucks, today may be your lucky day! Jan. 10 is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! Besides saving money, you will also help the environment too.

While some politicians refuse to believe or acknowledge global warming is real, most experts believe the Earth is showing real signs of climate change. In fact, climate change is the biggest environmental crisis of our time and is impacting animal populations, food and water supplies, health and basic human needs. More than one million species of animals face extinction by 2050 due to climate change. 2,500 scientists from more than 130 countries have determined that the current global warming is “very likely” caused by humans.

But there are things we as individuals can do to make a difference not only for the environment, but for your pocketbook as well.

20 Tips to Save Energy & Money

  • Turn down the heat! You’ll save money by turning down your thermostat. According to the Department of Energy, the average American spends about $2,000 on annualenergy costs with nearly half used for heating purposes.

  • Speaking of heat, upgrade to an Energy Star programmable thermostat if you can.

  • Weatherproof the house. Adding simple things like caulk and weather-stripping around doors and windows that are not adequately sealed can really make a difference.

  • If possible, add more insulation to your home.

  • Switch out those old light bulbs and replace them with the energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

  • Believe it or not, even if you aren’t using a particular appliance or electronic gadget, they are still using energy. Unplug items you are not using.

  • Turn off the television, radio and/or computer when not in use.

  • Close the window blinds/curtains when it’s very warm or extremely windy/cold.

  • When it’s time to purchase a new appliance, make sure it is ENERGY STAR rated. Be sure to check out possible tax credits and rebates too.

  • Turning down the fridge and/or water heater will help save money too.

  • Wait until the dishwasher or washing machine/dryer is completely full before you start a new load.

  • Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth.

  • Install low-flow shower heads to help save water.

  • Fix those leaky/dripping faucets and running toilets.

  • Landscaping with shade trees can help block wind and the sun and reduce those energy bills.

  • Help reduce our dependence on foreign oil by walking or hopping on your bike instead of driving.

  • Speaking of cars – when it’s time to purchase a new vehicle, be sure to check out electric/hybrid vehicles or traditional autos that get good mileage.

  • If you can afford it, more expensive items like solar/tankless water heaters, solar panels, new energy-efficient windows and/or cool roofs are just a few of the big ticket items that can make a big impact on your energy bill. Don't forget to check out rebates or tax credits on these items as well.

  • Check with your local organizations, governments and utility company. Some may offer energy assistance and/or weatherization programs if you qualify.

  • Learn how you can save hundreds or thousands of dollars by using the free onlineHome Energy Saver.

Besides National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, January 10 is also Houseplant Appreciation Day, National Bittersweet Chocolate Day and Peculiar People Day.