Thursday, January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! While Southeast Texas is not well-known for its cold weather (gotta love that Texas heat, are we right?), you can still use these ways to cut your costs this winter season.
Turn down thermostats when you’re not home
According to energy.gov, you can save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling costs simply by turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees during the winter and turning it 7-10 degrees higher in the summer time. Read more about how you can cut energy costs from thermostats.
Turn off lights when you’re not in the room
It can be easy to forget to turn off a light when you leave the room, especially if you will be returning to that room within the next hour or so. However, these small costs can add up on your monthly energy bill. Start getting in the habit of turning lights off when you a leave room and see how those small savings add up!
Unplug unused appliances
This tip is not as obvious, yet is still effective. Think about how many appliances you have plugged into each room at a time. You have appliances such as the coffeemaker, toaster, and microwave in the kitchen; the TV, streaming devices, and lamps in the living room; and a computer, laptop, and printer in the office. Although it is not practical to unplug each of these appliances every time you are not using them, it is helpful to unplug at least some. These appliances are still using energy even if they are turned off, and therefore costing you more per month. Read more about how you can cut energy costs from unused appliances.
Start using energy-efficient light bulbs
According to eartheasy.com, the electricity used over the lifetime of a single incandescent bulb costs 5 to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself. There is however, an alternative to this cost. Using LED light bulbs is much more energy-efficient, therefore, making it more cost effective! Read more about how you can cut energy costs from light bulbs.
Get Entergy to do a free energy-efficiency audit!
Want to know how efficient you’re being with your energy costs? You can contact Entergy to come out and do a free audit of your energy-efficiency. Take advantage of this source to help ensure you are being as efficient as possible! Get the details here.
These are a few easy steps you can take to save more on your energy costs. Continue to research online and see additional ways that you can save on your monthly bill. Plus, you can put those extra savings aside for a rainy day!