Sunday was National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, so we’re here with some quick tips on how you can cut those costs and save energy at the same time!
- During the winter, install plastic window insulation. It’s super cheap and easy – all you need is the plastic kit, a step-stool, scissors, and a hair dryer.
Why? It acts as a second barrier to keep the heat in, so you’ll save on heating costs. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that you can save up to 15% on heating/cooling costs if you take this step and other steps to seal and insulate spots like windows, your attic, etc.
- Consider carpooling with a spouse, roommate, or coworker instead of taking multiple vehicles to work or school every day.
Why? You’ll save money on gas and reduce wear on your other vehicle.
- If you live within 3 miles of your workplace, consider biking or walking to work during the nicer months.
Why? You can save money on gas. Plus, you will reduce wear on your vehicle and get daily exercise, which are awesome bonuses.
- In the summer, keep your shades/blinds open (or half-drawn, if the sun beating in is too warm).
Why? You’ll get more natural light in the house, which means you can keep the lights off and therefore use less electricity.
- If it gets hot in your house the summer, close your shades halfway in the rooms with the most direct sunlight and open windows in each room.
Why? Cross breezes will keep the air circulating and help cool your house, and the half-drawn shades will keep the rooms from heating up so quickly. If you can accomplish this without using any AC or fans, you’ll save a significant amount on electricity!
Pro Tip: Be proactive and do this in the morning while it’s still cooler (or even leave them open overnight) rather than waiting for the house to get too hot and trying to cool it down.
Most of these are quick, easy changes that can have a significant impact when you add them up. Which ones are you going to try this year?