New Year, new you! While you’re mastering 2017 right out of the gate and checking off resolutions right and left, consider adding a new goal. Cutting energy consumption not only personally benefits you through lowering utility bills, but also positively impacts the environment around you. Here are some great tips to cut back this year:
1. Serve some shade – Plant shade-providing landscaping around your home to protect from the elements. With better temperature regulation from the trees and plants, you won’t have to be as reliant on cranking up the heat or air conditioning.
2. Fill the gaps – Nothing wastes energy like open space around your doors and windows. By touching up caulking and patching up holes so air can no longer escape, you will better insulate your home and weatherize for all seasons.
3. Out with the old – Clean and replace your air filters as indicated on your system. Keeping dirty filters in rotation causes air conditioners and furnaces to work harder to draw air, wasting unnecessary energy. Bonus: you may notice some of those pesky allergy symptoms get more manageable too!
4. Don’t be dim – Invest in energy-efficient florescent bulbs for your most-used lights. While there is an uptick in price at the front end, they save you money in the long run by using about 75 percent less energy and last 8-12 times longer than a standard lightbulb.
5. Slow the flow – By installing low-flow shower heads in your home’s bathrooms, you can reduce the consumption of electrically-heated water. In turn, you will reduce your utility bill and CO2 emissions. While we all love a long, hot shower, it’s even more enjoyable knowing you can reduce the environmental impact.
By: Lindsey Abreu