New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are times for joyous celebrations, sure, but it’s also time for those dreaded New Year’s Resolutions: losing weight, learning to cook, giving up fast food, reading more books, buying less coffee, no matter what the resolution is it can feel almost impossible.
What’s not impossible, though, is saving money on your electricity bill! We try to pack our blog posts with energy saving tips that will not only help the environment but help your wallet out as well. Here are some surefire methods for saving some extra dollars and cents on that electricity bill. Add it to your New Year’s Resolution list!
1. Sleep more!
This is a pretty basic concept, but stay with us. Not only is extra sleep good for your body physically and mentally, but it also helps with saving electricity! When you’re sleeping you aren’t using electricity. Your lights are off, your TV is off – see where we’re going with this? Take it a step further by turning off your cable box, WiFi router, and turning your thermostat down a few degrees. Doesn’t hurt to remove night lights, too (unless your kids are afraid of the dark!).
2. Cut the cable cord!
While we’re on the subject of turning off cable boxes, you might want to consider cutting cable altogether! A cable TV and DVR combo is sucking up around 50 watts of power, 24/7. That’s about as much as an Energy Star refrigerator. You could unplug your cable box every night, but here’s a simpler solution: get rid of cable! With Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO’s plans to release HBOGO by itself, why even bother with cable TV? Stick with a reliable internet connection, a streaming device, and you’ll be saving electricity costs AND crazy cable costs.
3. Turn that coffee pot off!
Did you know that a big electrical waste comes from your coffee pot? Not many people think to turn their coffee pots off right when the pot is brewed. After all you want to keep the coffee hot. Make a resolution to always switch your coffee pot off when brewing is complete. If someone waits and needs a hot cup, just throw a cup in the microwave for 10 seconds max!
4. Look into next-gen light bulbs
Lighting efficiency will never go out of style and the best part is you don’t have to sacrifice lighting quality. Replace incandescent lightbulbs with CFL or LED lightbulbs. These might cost more upfront but they’ll last up to 10 times longer and use up to 75 percent less energy.
5. Use smart power strips and pay attention to phantom power
Home computers and electronics should be plugged into a single smart power strip. These can be turned on and off with one switch. This also plays into “phantom power” usage. When you charge a cell phone and unplug it, there’s still power being exerted. Some people write it off, saying the usage is negligible. But for a family of 5 with two devices each, that’s a lot of phantom power.
Happy New Year from Kelly Electric!