“National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!”

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Plenty of attention has been focused on large-scale efforts to protect the environment and combat global warming. Many often forget that any individual can contribute to these goals by taking small, easy steps at home. With National Cut Your Energy Costs Day coming up on January 10th, it’s high time to review some of the ways in which you can reduce your personal energy expenditures.

  • Turn Off Devices When You Leave a Room

Your lights, television, audio system and other appliances use a lot of electricity, so if you’re going to be leaving the room, make sure to turn them off. You gain no benefit from having these devices running when you’re not present, so it makes no sense to pay for electricity to power them.

  • Use a Programmable Thermostat

The use of a programmable thermostat, such as a model by Nest, can cut your energy use dramatically particularly during conditions of extreme heat or cold. These products will automatically adjust the temperatures in your home so that you aren’t heating or cooling rooms when there’s nobody at home. Some of them will even learn your schedule and program themselves accordingly.

  • Implement Proper Bathroom Habits

Taking short showers consumes a lot less water and electricity than taking a bath. You can cut waste even further by using a low-flow showerhead. When brushing your teeth, don’t leave the sink faucet running the whole time. Your dollars will be pouring out of your pocket at the same time as the water is circling down the drain.

  • Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Old-school incandescent light bulbs are much less energy-efficient than newer compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Switching over doesn’t cost very much, and your new lights will pay for themselves in a matter of months because they consume less electricity. If you want to take things a step further, LED lights are even more efficient and they tend to last much longer than either traditional or CFL lights.

  • Cook Efficiently

When making large meals in your oven, try to cook more than one dish at a time. This will cut back on the time needed to heat and cool your oven, saving you from wasting energy. Many food items can be prepared more cheaply using your toaster oven, microwave or other low-intensity cooking appliances, so reserve your oven for cuisine that can’t be properly baked in any other way.

  • Insulation

The areas around your doors and windows are subject to drafts if they’re not sealed correctly. Additionally, your attic, walls, and floors may allow hot or cold air to escape from your home, making your HVAC system work extra-hard for no discernible benefit. Make sure you have an appropriate level of insulation installed so that you can conserve energy.

  • ENERGYSTAR Appliances

The Energy Star program is run by the Environmental Protection Agency and indicates that a given piece of machinery complies with federal guidelines on energy efficiency. Appliances that have Energy Star designation use up to 50 percent less electricity than their counterparts that lack such certification.

In addition to decreasing your bills, using less energy also helps the environment. According to Direct Energy, the electricity sector accounted for more than 30 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2013. It’s clear that our insatiable desire for energy is having a deplorable effect on climate change and the environment as a whole. Only by cutting back on our personal consumption can we hope to tame the beast that is global warming.

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day is a great time to focus on ways that individuals can do their parts to act in an ecologically responsible way. As the seasons change, stay informed of ways to reduce your electricity usage during the summer and winter months. Once you learn how, it won’t be too hard to curb your demand for electricity without making too many sacrifices in your lifestyle.

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6 thoughts on ““National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!””

  1. This is so important! I am so delighted that you raised awareness of National Cut Your Energy Costs Day and shared some of the key ways in which we can reduce our personal energy expenditures at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party!Thank you so much for sharing your gems and for your support! All the best, Deborah

    1. Hi Deborah,
      I am so glad to be part of Healthy Happy Green & Natural blog hop. Have a healthy happy & blessed week!

  2. Hello Marla, Since we connected on LinkedIn a while back and I am just getting around to follow up on emails, I am loving your site. I must chime in on this subject. I have found that by changing out even cfl bulbs with LED’s makes a BIG change. I found at Sam’s Club some LED bulbs that are equivalent to 65 watt bulbs, a 6 pack for $13! Inexpensive and they drop the amount of electricity pull when turned on. This old house that I live in has about 70 bulbs that is used so it is a work in progress. But just changing out the lights that is used the most has dropped our electric bill by $70 a month! That is from cfl’s to LED’s! Now I am working on the drafts and insulation! Lot’s of them!!

    1. Hi Jim,
      It amazing how very small changes can make a big difference for just one household. Think of the difference all this cam make on global basis. Thank you for reading my article and commenting. So happy you liked my website. Have a healthy happy blessed day.

  3. This is great advise, but I have to admit I am bad about showers. It started when my boys were young, it was my refuge (I homeschooled so they were always there), now they are older, but I can’ seem to shorten my showers. I try one day and the next I am back with a long shower. Thanks for sharing on Let’s Get Real.

    1. Hi Karen,
      I have to admit that I am bad with showers too. I have a massage shower head and I like to run it on my neck and back to loosen up my muscle. I do my best to conserve energy in every other way which I do believe in very important. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Have a healthy happy blessed week.

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