It’s a whole new year! With the Mayan Apocalypse behind us and no more portents of impending doom on the horizon it is time to look ahead at a future not dictated by an archaic calendar. So, what is your New Year’s Resolution for 2013? Lose weight? Move out of your parents house? Save money? Well, the FSHAC resource center can’t really help you lose weight or leave the nest, but we can help you save some money this year by cutting your energy costs!
Energy Efficiency Tips for 2013
- Completely Turn off Lights and Appliances: You may not be aware of it, but many electronics that are seemingly “off” still consumer power. Any device that can be turned on remotely still draws power. Your computer set to hibernate, the television, the little clock on your coffee pot still draw power. Attach these devices to a power strip and turn the strip off as well after you are done using the device.4
- Washing Machine and Dishwasher: Make sure to only run full loads of each machine. It uses the same amount of water and power for a half load, so you might as well make the most of it.
- Adjust your HVAC Equipment by 2 Degrees: Turn your furnace down and your air conditioner up 2 degrees in their respective seasons. This will save you 10% on your energy bills.
Stick with It!
The key to any resolution is a firm commitment. You’ve seen it at the gym. For the first half of December hardly a machine is open, but come March, the place is a ghost town again. We have found two great ways to stick to your goal. First, create a poster on your wall or fridge that lists your energy bill for the month. Then try to beat it each month. By the end of the year you can reflect on your energy efficiency journey. Also, you can post a “I Have Not Wasted Power in X Days” sign on your wall. Once this counter reaches over ten days it will become its own encouragement to save energy!